Peter Lovenkrands is a classy player and he has always come across as a positive guy, and a terrific professional since he’s been at Newcastle.
Peter Lovenkrands – hopes for playing time next season
Bobby Robson in the summer of 2000 thought he had brought Peter, then 20 years old, to Newcastle, but then we heard that Peter had not only visited Glasgow Rangers, but he signed for them too.
And since then Peter said he signed for Rangers, because he thought he’d get more playing time north of the border.
Peter had previously been playing for Akademisk Boldklub, a Danish club based in Copenhagen.
But that’s what happened and Peter married a Glasgow beauty and then he really did sign for Newcastle in January of 2009, this time as a free agent from FC Schalke 04.
And the Danish International has a more than decent record on Tyneside, as he’s scored 26 goals in 73 appearances for the Magpies – and that’s around 0.36 goals per appearance, or just more than one goal for every three appearances – which is not bad at all.
Peter managed to notch 7 goals last season and came through nicely earlier this year, when Newcastle were struggling to overcome losing Andy Carroll, and not having the time to replace him.
Peter talked to the local Newcastle press from central Florida today:
“I just hope to get as much playing time as possible.” “But there are a lot of new faces, so it’s going to be harder to get playing time.”
“I’ll just bide my time, and hope to get a chance at some point and a couple of goals, like I did last year.”
“I ended the season in really good form, and that’s what I’m trying to build on for next season.”
“There are a lot of new players, and they’ll get a lot of playing time at the beginning, and that’s understandable.”
“I just want to show in these games that I’m here and ready.” “Hopefully, I’ll get a lot of playing time, like I did last year.”
“It’s been hard work, and there’s been a lot of travelling, but it’ll hopefully benefit us in the end.”
“When we come home, we’ll probably find it easier.” “I was in Miami in my first year with Rangers, and the summers in Germany were also hot.”
“This is totally different with the humidity.”
Peter signed a three year contract with Newcastle on September 1st of 2009, but that contract will probably end on June 30th next year, so this could well be his last season on Tyneside.
And come to think of it there are quite a few Newcastle players whose contracts end next June, and those also include Guthrie, Ameobi, Enrique, Barton and Smith, to name only five.