Young AZ Striker Could Be Good Target For Newcastle


Newcastle were first linked with American striker Jozy Altidore way back in 20007, when Mike Ashley had just bought the club, and Jozy was playing well for the NY Red Bulls and was only 17 years old.

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Jozy Altidore – scoring lots of goals for AZ in Holland

Since then Jozy joined Villareal in 2008, and had loan spells at Xerex, Hull City and Bursaspor, before he joined AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league two years ago.

And the 6’1″ Livingston, New Jersey native has had some success in the Eredivisie, and in 93 appearances for his club he’s scored 51 goals, including 31 goals in 41 appearances last season.

With such a good goal scoring record, we wonder if Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr has been watching the American, but Derek LLambias did say Newcastle were looking at players from Holland and Belgium, as well as in France.

Jozy has 57 caps for the US with 14 goals, and seems to be starting to fulfill some of his early promise, and he’s already tasted Premier League football with Hull City in season 2010-2011, when they were relegated – but he scored only two goals in 30 appearances for Hull City in that season.

At the same time Hull were being relegated in 2011, after finishing just above Newcastle in 4th bottom place the previous season, the Magpies were winning the Championship and coming straight back up in great style with 102 points.

Jozy was not too impressive that season for Hull, but we’ll soon know if he’s impressed Graham Carr.

It seems Newcastle may need to move to other striker options, with players like Andy Carroll and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unlikely to arrive on Tyneside this summer.

Jose certainly has had a good record in the Dutch League over the last couple of seasons.

What do you think?

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52 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Bony also has a good Eredivisie record, why not I say.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #2

    not much of a story here, but should it be a true target then I’m not too keen, if he couldn’t do it at hull, and a good goal scoring record in holland doesn’t always mean they would be good over here, we have had RVP from the dutch league who is immense, but there has also been afonso alves

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #3

    If we bring a striker in he needs to have some size and be able to put it about.

    Our current forward line, is frankly, about as physically intimdating as our ladies strikeforce.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s seem to be learning and made few good things against Germany today. Certainly not first target more of slight upgrade or downgrade from Shola. He has plenty of experience for his age something those dissecting Pardews comments might see as sign.

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  • toonking

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #5

    well lets see now this striker has had a good scoring record in the dutch league so my guess is he is a very good player. so if he joins us but doesn’t get a good scoring record my guess is that like everything else it will be pardews fault.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #6

    toonking 😆

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  • Roppa

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Proud ref your comment on previous post 145

    You & many others often comment (by way of excusing the current regime) that we have only been back in the EPL for 3 seasons. What kind of spin is that???

    The fact is that we have only been out of the EPL for one year out of 20, and in that one year we retained most of the EPL experienced players.

    In the season they returned to the EPL the only notable signings were: HBA, Tiote & Perch.

    Your argument does not stack up and is as Pathetic as an Alan Pardew post match excuse.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s bit quicker than Shola though.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWDWeXg4nQY

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  • blew

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #9

    What is the point of negatives.
    Do we need to discuss non starters?.
    Let us talk about Andy Carroll coming
    and HBA going or is that tomorrows
    agenda?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I still think Shola can do a job for us but he really does only have twenty effective minutes in him and only then if he’s fired up.

    That is hopeless isn’t it though, that he can’t be relied upon to get a fire blazing for 20 short minutes once a week in front of 52 000 screaming brothers in arms.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #11

    #Moyes has given green light for Kevin Strootman. #MUFC

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Quite interesting.
    Rene Meulensteen is set to become the new manager of Wigan this week.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #13

    jimmysmith

    I’m surprised anyone still has faith in Shola. He shows up once in a blue moon and that’s absolutely it.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff going on with Cabaye, Hatem and others. All the usual press stories that we dismiss as rubbish usually end up coming out later as truth. I’m sure PSG has been in touch regarding Cabaye.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #14

    NUFCfans ?@nufcfans
    Just heard Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad, Mark, on @bbc5live, missed his son’s goal vs Brazil because he fell asleep watching England…

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  • Moe

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #15

    He can add to our club maybe as an up and coming back striker, red category or whatever they named it.
    He certainly has the potential, wanna see him here only if price is right which imo is 3 million.

    If we’re looking at AZ might as well check out the price tag on Adam Maher, Young and very promising. I recon around 5-6 million would cost as of right now but that will shoot up real soon once he starting fulfilling potential.

    Would love to see club show some ambition and go for Eriksen

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #16

    My problem with those who are either defending the regime, or are defending the manager, often have to do so with a “let’s give them time” or “I’m on the fence” or “let’s wait and see” kind of attitude instead of analysing what is in front of them.

    It seems that these people are looking at the facts, i.e seemingly unambitious owner, p*ss poor manager, dreadful results, under performing players et al and still refuse to accept that it will not get better while we have Pardew in charge, and maybe even while Ashley owns the club.

    These people point to the season where we finished 5th in an attempt to point to the ability of both the owner and manager but they view that season with a purely results based assessment, and in trying to make a case that we play good football, they look at the games where we’ve played well in isolation as apparent “evidence”, despite the fact that we’ve never played good football with any consistency.

    Now, how is it that these people look at the results of that season and claim it was on account of Pardew’s brilliance, though they don’t take the same results based assessment when viewing this season, they pull out the same tried and tested excuses that Pardew rolls out on a weekly basis – injuries, small squad, Europe etc and that is exactly what Tubbs and Patsy wants them to do, because it deflects attention from them.

    Despite injuries, despite poor investment last summer, despite the extra games of Europe this season, Pardew has not been good enough, but neither has Ashley been good enough by keeping him in charge.

    We’ve been let down, and let down badly. We shouldn’t accept it, but apparently, many fans are going to do exactly that.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Ruddy

    the problem with Pardew haters is you find some outlandish way to disregard the good season, yet base all your criticism on the bad season. That seems like nit picking to me.

    We actually had several stretches of good games in the 5th place season where we didn’t just win at the death, but won well.

    Pardew is far from best but from from as bad as some people claim. My favorite is when people predict Pardew will sign “hoofball” players despite the fact most the signings under him have been technical players.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Shola’s fitness levels for a proffessional footballer are shocking. He knackered after ten minutes coming on as a sub let alone play a full game.

    If he wasn’t a Geordie he would have been shipped out a good few seasons ago. Will always respect the guy for his services against the enemy but he is taking up a spot on the bench that could be filled by someone like Campbell.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #19

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/craig-bellamy-autobiography-newcastles-sir-1927434?

    What a wonderful insight into how a proper manager deals with adversity.

    Also casts a doubt on the “player power” element that has been associated with SBR’s exit from Newcastle.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #21

    89Norcal

    I’m a Pardew critic, I don’t have the capacity to hate anyone.

    I’m personally not disregarding the 5th place finish, I just happen to think that it’s been over exaggerated. Yes we played well in some games, the away win to Stoke, the away win against Chelsea, the home wins against Liverpool and Man United were all particular highlights, the way we played against West Brom away was my personal favourite performance.

    However, in the same ilk we played very poorly in a vast number of games and either through sheer luck, or individual brilliance we scraped through.

    Some people would have you believe that we were brilliant throughout the whole season and played excellent football from game 1 to game 38 and that’s simply not true.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #22

    @ norkal

    But in signing those players and then playing most long balls in the league tells you everything you need to know about his footballing expertise. Whats that phrase again ? :

    “all the gear no idea”

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  • toonking

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #24

    people like you ruddy think we are a big team just because we had 1 great goal scorer because we managed a short period in the champion league because we finish 5th one season and because we have a big fan base.
    guyes like you are as bad as the media and some england supporter are.
    england had a manager with a very good record capello and the england team had world class players according to most and were very well ranked so how come that manager did so poor with the team.
    and don’t use the excuses of not all being world class or missing key men not many for certain positions or lack of squad depth because they are all the things that we have had this season too.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Sazzer

    Seems like a baseless, borderline xenophobic article.

    Perchinho is one of Pardew’s favourites, and he’s a decent utility player, I’d be surprised if he’s moved on.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #26
  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #27

    @Ruddy
    I agree because playing EVERY game brilliantly is just not possible. We did have some close games.

    And as mystifying as Pardew can be with his tactics and subs, he HAS had us playing excellent football like vs. Man Utd (last season and this season) vs Chelsea (same) and Arsenal in the 5th place season. That’s the only reason I really hold faith in the man.

    I would have had Rafa over him but didnt happen.

    @BPC

    I watched some winter replays at the height of our injury bug, my belief was always that we used longballs to compensate for the lack of a solid midfield (No Cabaye, no Hatem, injured or useless Tiote).

    When the landslide of negativity rolled over us, Pards got desperate and stuck to his guns, but credit where its due…we played far less hoofball after our Jan signings and victory vs Chelsea.

    Not saying there isn’t room for improvement though…

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Ba? No f’ing thank you.

    Can’t tell me he’s the best option. I’ve seen some absolute nonsense on Twitter lately as well regarding Ba and Cabaye. People actually want us to offload Cabaye and Hatem for profits, nevermind replacing them!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Toonking

    Don’t misrepresent what I am saying. I don’t think we are even in the top 6 biggest clubs in England, I don’t even think we’re as big as Everton.

    My thoughts are not based on where I think we should be as a club, it’s based on the players we have at the club and how a manager who plays football the right way could get much more out of these players, and even attract quality players to the club to play football the way it should be played.

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  • toonking

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #30

    norcal part of why i think wedo lots of hoof ball is because all the width is usless HBA and marvo both try going through the middle too much and obatan and jonas are both rubbish with assists so time and time again we end up being left with just one option hoof it up to cisse hoping he can control it.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #31

    toonking

    but to be fair to Pardew’s critics, he’s been ridiculously stubborn with using Jonas despite the fact Marveaux offers so much more than him, and thats after watching the replays where Marveaux featured during Jonas’ injury. The guy was our major spark before January.

    Pardew used him centrally for a short time, then stopped. He is an improvement no matter where he is though.

    Trying my best to be objective here 🙂

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous
    Yeah, I don’t see it happen, unless they have better utility player lined up.

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  • toonking

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #33

    ruddy well explain to me why capello who had a record of 5 serie A 4 super coppa 1CL 1 super cup 2 laliga and a coach and sports personality of the year still could not get england past a quarter final.
    also why have liverpool finished below everton when they have a manager who people say has good football play.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Yes, a cashed up PSG might be a rich mining ground for us at the mo. We could sell Cabs and Benny to them for over the odds money, and why not, because frankly, we probably don’t deserve them and take our pick of their surplus talent which is considerable, leaving us with potentially a more balanced squad at a probable net profit.

    Now that would appeal to old beer bottle pockets wouldn’t it?

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Fenerbahçe winger, Miloš Krasi? claims that Sunderland are targeting him this summer. (Source: Daily Mail)

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  • 89Norcal

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #37

    it would jimmysmith, but I’ve been more angry with the outrageous proposals by fans, saying Cabaye has been shit this season and we should profit while we can. He actually scored more goals this season than last, and wasn’t really as bad as those people go on about.

    Cabaye isn’t a 1 season wonder, his value will maintain or increase so I don’t see the rush to sell now.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonking

    Given that I am not English I really don’t care about the failings of English football, I’m here to discuss all things NUFC.

    You’re point regarding Liverpool is a decent point, they play better football but finished lower than Everton, and honestly I would sacrifice 1 PL position in order to play the type of football that Liverpool play but in answer to why they finished lower than Everton, my views would be that Liverpool had no depth up front for the first half of the season, with only 1 recognised ST in Luis Suarez before the signing of Sturridge in January.

    Defensively they were disjointed, and the fact that their 3rd choice CB was a very debilitated Carragher shows their weaknesses there. They lack wingers of proper note, something I expect them to address this summer and I fully expect Liverpool to mount a strong challenge on the top 4 next season.

    Make no mistake about it, Rodgers inherited an over priced, over inflated squad with some mediocre players, when he signs the players he wants across the whole squad they will be much better for it, they play excellent football.

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  • toonking

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #39

    norcal with marvo i think myself both he and HBA have a very simular style of play i was lost with what the situation with marvo was i didn’t know if he was injured or just not chosen even for the bench. next year if we have a decent LW and another forward i wouldn’t be that unhappy if pardew decided to drop HBA and put marvo in his place providing jonas was not starting on the other side instead a decent LW was that side too.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Sunderland is an absolute f@cken graveyard.

    Good grief, better off being pursued by the grim reaper his very self.

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