The January transfer window is notorious, because it it is difficult to sign good players, simply because they are not always available half-way through the season – and of course when you do lose a top player – or even two in January – it’s difficult to replace them.
David N’Gog – Bolton striker
And we are a little alarmed that the reports are now that Newcastle are after Bolton striker and former Liverpool man David N’Gog, who has 17 caps for the France U21 side, but who we’ve never ever rated as a top class striker, and he’s never been capped by the full France side.
If Newcastle bring in N’Gog, having missed out on Loic Remy – hey – that’s a huge difference in class – a huge difference.
In 52 games for Bolton Ngog has scored only eight goals, and only four goals in 13 appearances this season, so he’s one of these strikers who gets his money by not scoring goals – very much like Emile Heskey did during his career.
They don’t score goals – but they create a lot of chances – we just don’t buy that.
This is not personal, and we’re sure David, who is still only 23, is a first class professional – but is he good enough for Newcastle?
The Magpies had gone after Lyon striker Batetimbi Gomis, but he’s not available – and so we are now after those strikers who are available in January, rather than our top targets.
If we are going to sign a player like N’Gog, who is worth £2M, and that’s not cheap for a player of his class – then wouldn’t Danny Graham be a better option?
Leon Best is a better striker than N’Gog, and it now looks a huge mistake to have let him go last summer, along with Peter Lovenkrands, who joined Birmingham City.
Alan Pardew said yesterday Newcastle would stick to their principles and not pay out silly money for anybody – but if we sign N’Gog then that shows just what a terrible loss Loic Remy was earlier in the week – there are not many top class strikers available in January – that’s the big problem – and we missed out on one in Remy.
I’d be very concerned if we replace Demba Ba with David N’Gog.
What do you think?
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