A number of Newcastle fans wanted the club to bring in Shane Long last summer.
Shane Long – done well at West Brom
Shane was on sale from Reading, where he had scored 25 goals in 50 appearances for the club last season when they were beaten 4-2 by Swansea in the play-off final at Wembley – for promotion to the Premier League.
And it has turned out to be something that Newcastle now wish they had done, because Shane gave our defense a bit of the runaround with his speed, in West Brom’s 3-2 win at St. James’ Park back in December.
Shane is very fast and a typical goal poacher, although in 22 appearances for West Bron this season he has scored only 6 goals, but he’s been out injured too.
The 25 year-old Irish striker joined West Brom instead of course, and he will likely be in the team tomorrow at The Hawthorns, in what promises to be a tough game for the Magpies.
Alan Pardew explained the situation was last summer with Long:
“The £6.5M valuation was putting us off,” “He has justified the valuation so Reading probably called that right, and we could argue we got that one wrong. He has had a great season.”
It’s not often these days that Newcastle make mistakes in the transfer market, but the speed of Shane could have given us something different up front, and of course he can play on the wing as well.
The 5’11” Tipperary, Ireland born Long had an excellent record at Reading, where he scored 54 goals in just 201 appearances, but of course it’s much harder to score goals in the Premier League.
And it’s always a test to decide whether a player who looks very good in the lower leagues, can make it in the world’s top football league in England.
That’s a decision it looks like Newcastle will need to make with Huddersfield Town striker, Jordan Rhodes, who has 34 goals in 32 games and 77 goals in 133 total appearance for the League One side.
Maybe this time Newcastle will take a chance on a lower league striker?