Things are not looking too good at Newcastle at the moment, and it’s a little bit the same as last summer, when at the end of the day we signed only one senior player for a team that was going to be participating in Europe the next season, with all the extra games that entails.
Alan Shearer – fantastic striker in his career
The player was Vurnon Anita from Ajax, and we ended up doing quite well on the Europe League by reaching the quarter finals, but injuries and extra games decimated our small squad, and we just hung onto our Premier League status.
And that was a major shock for Newcastle fans, which is one reason we wanted to see new players come in over the summer, especially some strikers, after we lost Demba Ba in January.
This is what Alan Shearer had to say today about Newcastle’s current situation:
“They have signed Loic Remy but I would think they need another striker to make sure they don’t get into trouble like they did last year.”
“No manager is ever satisfied and they would all like an extra four or five signings, but I believe one more forward could make the difference.”
And remember Alan is Newcastle’s top goalscorer of all time, with 206 goals in 404 appearance for the Magpies, and he only just edged out the great Jackie Milburn who had 200 goals in 353 appearances.
And in Alan Shearer’s club career – he also played for Southampton and Blackburn – he scored a phenomenal 379 goals in 733 games and 30 goals in 63 appearances for England.
But Jackie Milburn’s record didn’t include the 40 goals he scored in the wartime league (1943-1946) in 93 appearances – when Jackie was just starting outas a youngster at Newcastle – at 19 years old in 1943.
Fundamentally Alan is the just the same as you and I and a Newcastle fan at heart, and the only difference is that he just happened to be a world-class striker in his day, and is now worth millions.
So there’s really not much difference at all.
We think Alan’s got it right, and if Newcastle can get say Bafe Gomis from Lyon through the door this summer, we’d have to say the transfer window was a success – even though it’s been another very difficult one for Newcastle supporters everywhere.
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