Newcastle In For Top Young Striker

Junior Hoilett will be leaving Blackburn in the summer,  and news today that Newcastle, Sunderland, Arsenal and Spurs are at least four of the interested clubs in England.

Junior Hoilett – Blackburn’s excellent young striker

Now that Blackburn have been relegated, after what looked like an abysmal home display against Wigan on Monday night,  and the 1-0 win was Wigan’s 6th win in just eight games, Rovers will let Hoilett move on in the summer.

Bayern Munich have also been linked with the player who will be a free agent this summer, but will still command a decent fee as compensation to Blackburn, because the Canadian is under 24 years old.

Hoilett’s contract expires at the end of June, and he has stubbornly refused to negotiate a new deal,  and that has alerted top clubs in England.

Newcastle had Hoilett on their radar screen last summer, when Steve Kean traveled to Canada to meet with Hoilett’s parents, but the Blackburn manager was unable to get the youngster to sign a new deal.

At that time Kean rejected Newcastle’s approach and he also let it be known the player was going nowhere in January, as Kean tried to save Blackburn from the ignominious drop to the second division of English football – he failed.

Born in Brampton, Ontario,  Hoilett was part of the Blackburn Rovers Academy from 2004, and he was initially unable to obtain a work permit in England, and Blackburn loaned him out to various German clubs to help the player earn one in the future.

Junior has appeared 89 times for Blackburn with 14 goals and 8 assists,  and he has been one of Blackburn’s best players this season, and scored at St. James’ Park last year in Newcastle’s 3-1 win.

He turns 22 in June, and we think Hoilett would offer Newcastle something different up front,  either in the center or out on one of the wings, and he would be a very good acquisition for the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    May 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Reading between the lines, this is Cisse’s replacement.

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    He is joining Bayern or Arsenal.

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Are you planning to make a lot of enemies here? hahhahaha

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    If we sell everyone in the current team, I wonder how much we will get? 200mil?

  • pieceofpapiss

    May 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve been saying for weeks we need a pace-y striker. Take the burden off Cisse and Ba a little bit. I would also give Jordan Rhodes a punt. Get the kid in for a few Mil, 6 months on the bench, 6 month on loan. This time next year WORLD CLASS!!

    Also on a side note made a boo-boo. They say we havent won a final day fixture since 92/93 season. Anyone remember beating Forrest away 5-0 on the last game of 95/96 season to get 2nd and a Champions Legue spot?

  • Robby Bobson

    May 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Decent, works pretty hard too.

    Reckon he’ll just go where the most money is though.

    Plus Colo may want to give him a good kick for his dive against us.

  • toonincheek

    May 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    OK, but not overly impressed.

    I think someone of similar quality but less wellknown (hence cheaper), or someone better, would be preferred.

  • Toonboy_84

    May 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8


    Only having a giggle. In all honesty, I wouldn’t sell him or swap him for anyone at the moment…………maybe Messi, a tenner and a bag of mini eggs 😉

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    the answer is Christian Pasquato 😀

  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10


    If we sold everyone and got top dollar for each, we might be able to afford one Messi. That might just be enough for Champions League next season. If Pards just passes it to him and he runs and gets his standard 72 goals, we’re in the money!

  • TS -77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Reading between the lines, ToonBoy_84 are Steve Goodman in disguise..

  • toonincheek

    May 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    redondo – seems like a nice boy.

    But how much?

  • Toonboy_84

    May 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13



  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #14

    this could be amazing team :
    def : Santon, Colo, Douglas, Saylor, Raylor, Perch, Fergie, Tav, Clyne
    Mid: Cabaye, Tiote, Gourcuff, Pasquato, Jonas, Vuckic, amalifitano, Abeid
    forward: Ba, Cisse, Shola, Sammy, HBA

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15


    I dunno, but he is playing at Torino currently, probably 5-8mil

  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16

    In an ideal world, we get rid of Xisco, Smith etc. and we complement them with players challenging for 1st team football, like this guy. But, we’ll have to be really tough in resisting approaches for our current stars… That won’t be easy. Teams like Real Madrid (see previous article, dismissed lightly by many bloggers) get their man. Just hope he’s not in their scopes.

  • redondo77

    May 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    only Messi? Messi is around 140mil, right?

  • MT

    May 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    he is average,not good,if winger, we should choose one of those three guys Luciano Narsingh,Jerson Cabral & Ola John.

    Luciano Narsingh & Jerson Cabral had pace, skill, assists & score.

    Ola John is strong, can play winger & forward.

    three guys is a talent in the Eredivisie ~

  • ToonJovi

    May 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    I think he’s look great all season, very creative with a great final ball. Lots of pace and a cracking shot on him!

    And That’s been whilst watching him play in an abysmal looking blackburn team! Get him up to alongside Cisse and HBA and I think that combo would b unstopable!

  • cupiddstunt

    May 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    redondo77 @ # 9

    It must be an odd feeling playing in almost empty stadiums


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