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Is This Striker Good Enough For Newcastle This Summer?

7:51 pm, Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Newcastle need a number of new strikers brought in over the summer months, and at least three, given that Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong will all be leaving the club for different reasons this summer.

Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney - Watford’s top striker

Newcastle have now been linked with English striker Troy Deeney, who was born in Birmingham, and has been at Watford for the last four years, after signing on from Walsall, and he’s also the right age at just 25.

The 6′ tall striker has a decent goal scoring record at Watford, and in 174 appearances he has 57 goals, and he’s been in really good form this season with 22 goals in a total of 43 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Alan Pardew has also said he wants more English players in the side, and here’s an Englishman who could possibly do a job for Newcastle.

But we remember that another Watford striker, Gateshead born Danny Graham, also had a great record with Watford in the Championship with 41 goals in 98 appearances.

But Danny couldn’t make it in the Premier League, with Swansea, Sunderland or on loan at Hull, even though three years ago Newcastle were hinted to be interested in the local lad.

So it’s always hard to know if a striker who does well in England’s second division, can carry that goal scoring into the very tough Premier League, and that’s where good scouting comes into it.

And we assume Graham Carr has taken a good hard look at this striker, and given his recommendation to the Board.

It would be a definite risk signing Deeney, who would cost maybe £3M in the transfer market.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Magpies4Life // Apr 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    A top striker is needed. Loïc Caliber.

  • 2 Magpies4Life // Apr 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    A top striker is needed. Loïc Remy’s Caliber.

  • 3 Dannyo // Apr 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    If we’re to dip into the Championship, I’d make a canny try for Ings and Vokes. Been a terrific pairing this season.
    This is if they can’t get up. (Which is doubtful)

  • 4 Mike's Iron Curtain // Apr 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    One of the best KK interviews I’ve seen. Around the 28 min mark – he gets it!

  • 5 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM


    Pretty sure Menez signed a new deal at PSG? Either way I think he is out of our league possibly Gomis as well I think we would struggle to get them

    Even with Pardew I would love us to try for this kind of window (Budget as you can get )

    Hunt Free
    Diouf – Free
    Colback – Free
    Gomis – Free
    De Jong Brothers – 6 for Siem and 1 pound for Luuk lol
    Lescott – Free
    Ince – Tribunal 1.5 million

    Bargain hunting galore

  • 6 croftus5678 // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    we need someone and anyone is better than what we have atm.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    hunt – free
    ince – tribuneral
    gomis – free
    colbeck – free

    thats 4 massive improvements with very little cost if we could get them.

    cabella should be a priority also aswell as another striker/cb so basically another starting 11 needed lol

  • 8 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    If this is the transfer targets we are to pursue come the summer months then I think that sums up Ashley’s and Nufc’s ambition.
    No wonder the likes of Cabs and Remy and Ba had no intention of ever staying at a club with no sound structure in place to actually mount a challenge on a Pl title or any cups for that matter

  • 9 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM


    Its a shame I know because if we had some ambition this summer we could have signed :

    Siem De Jong

    That would have gave us a wealth of options capable of challenging the top 4

  • 10 Mike's Iron Curtain // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Man, watching that interview, halfway through, makes me remember why I love this club, hearing a passionate fan have a chin-wag with King Kev for a hour and half.

    The passion in his voice is infectious.

    Makes me even more determined to see the back of this current mob, so we can perhaps dare to dream again and restore pride.

  • 11 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Have you not heard Pardew’s latest remark that this summer’s transfer budget is going to put us back up where we belongNewcastle boss Alan Pardew has raised hopes of a summer transfer splurge on Tyneside after preparing supporters to get excited about the targets he has identified.

    The 52-year-old boss, currently serving a touchline ban for butting Hull City’s David Meyler, said: ‘We have got ourselves into a position, hopefully, in the summer to make some investment that can take this club forward and be stronger.’

    And asked if supporters should be excited by the prospect of a significant recruitment drive, Pardew added: ‘I hope so because the targets we have buoy me.’

    Read more:
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  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Parsnip needs to lay off his crack-pipe ;)

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM


    or get on it more for some inspiration

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    TS…that might work as well ;)

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM


    Either way….he doesn’t have the current balance right haha.

  • 16 wolfshead@toon // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    he seems rather contrite maybe those bed sheets had an effect

  • 17 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    What happened to your contact at Nufc.Has he not heard of any significant stride to any impending signature’s

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM


    He left not too long ago, got a job over in the UAE…so no more inside stuff from me.

  • 19 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM


    Pretty sure Pardew said this last summer and the summer before that…..

    Its so frustrating you almost wish someone who knew about football could grab Ashley and see what investing could get us :

    More TV money because our games would be on telly more as we are better to watch

    The last few seasons the Champions League has been within a teams grasp with the right level of investment (Liverpool and Everton this season us a season or 2 ago)

    The better we are to watch the more fans worldwide we will have better for Toon and Sports Direct Brand recognition

    More chance of lucrative sponsorship deals as well commercial deals from abroad as well

    Its so simple as well he does not even need to splash Oil style money just some good players I mean we announced a 10 million profit and Cabaye sale we should have been spending at least 30 million last summer to plan for all of this !!!

  • 20 geordie157 // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    if we want to do it on the cheap this summer, surely something like

    Lascelles, Ince, Colback, Gomis & maybe Assombalonga wouldn’t be too bad.

    Would like Siem De Jong, Cabella, Colback, Caulker, Ince & Ba more though.

  • 21 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    He had good sense and seen the light eh mate.
    Another rumour is that we are deep in negotiation for Siem de jong coming from his actual agent Laros.
    Please please just a glimmer of hope and optimism .That’s all we ask for !!

  • 22 geordie157 // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    whih diouf is avail on a free? the ligue 2 one or the ex utd one? or the spitting one?

    the latter I want nowhere near our club.

  • 23 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Im sure Forest wanted 10 mill for the young Ch so I would be very surprised if we paid that.Especially as we could have had Lovren for a similar amount of money last summer

  • 24 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Its the ex Man Utd one @geordie157

    He is on a free and is actually have decent much better than Shola although that would not be hard I am better than him up front and I am shite !!!

  • 25 Novocastrian66 // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Troy Deeney is an honest pro, but he is no better than Leon Best.

  • 26 geordie157 // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Ah Mame Diouf, he’d be worth signing up.

    Surely we can get Colback over that bloody line, good honest, hard working player.

  • 27 Sav // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I like purple.

  • 28 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    we should be setting our sites on Doumbia mate….What a player.But I would take Ba back all day long as well.I think he will be available for around 6 mill this summer as well. Especially if Chelski are planning on splurging 50 mill on costa

  • 29 geordie157 // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    on the official site, anyone know who number 54 is in the training pics??

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM


    not sure if you are aware of my ashley views….basically i think he wants us safe mid table, no fuss from the manager a make a profit where possible.

    I don’t think he will buy much to make us kick on for top 4/6/8 even but i do think he will make sure we don’t get relegated (even if it’s frees and loans) as he would lose his cash cow if that was the case,

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Would like us to take a punt on will hughes too.

  • 32 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I Know we only scraped by last season narrowly avoiding relegation. But do you not feel the squad was stronger then than now.
    for me it feels like Nufc is being run down to the bare bones………..Look at the squad for instance, We are going to lose 5 players who’s contracts expire june 1st.Then im sure or should I say hoping that the likes of Obershocker-Amalfitano-Ferguson-Gutti-Saylor-Marvs are all moved on, Never mind losing any so called purple players

  • 33 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I think everyone will agree Ashley only invests when he feels he needs to and no other time

    I think with the fact we are a certainty to be in the relegation battle with this current squad and Pardew in charge Ashley will protect his investment how he does that I guess we will find out he has to spend money or sack Pardew if he does not well we will probably be bottom 3 by christmas so he might spend then

  • 34 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I can remember last summer on a sunday night a certain Mr Torqtoon coming on here and telling us all Siem de jong was signing up that week. AArrgh they were the days !!

  • 35 jazzyp // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I wonder how many ITK’S we get this summer on here.
    Hazzy1-Torq-Proud-Dannyo ect ect

  • 36 nightfa11 // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    dont worry…even if hes good enough, pardew will find a way f*** him up..

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM


    True….but i don’t think Ashley will leave us so short we are scraping around down the bottom….not because he is a nice guy but because he won’t want to risk his investment like he did last season.

  • 38 toon kk // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    MA eventually saw the light with JFK I wonder if he ever will with Pardew.
    Mash has maybe been saving up for the summer transfer window, well here’s hoping!

  • 39 ganiyu // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    we have a top 5 team only if we can stay injury free and our manger can stay suspension free.

  • 40 Marty-Toon // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Lmao,stay off the stuff son

  • 41 Graeme // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Could we not have our Manager suspended, permanently, by his bollox, from the Tyne Bridge??
    At least we would know what he was up to!!! Just a thought lol

  • 42 Blofal // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    That KK interview Mikes Iron Curtain posted at the beginning of this thread is a must watch for everybody.

  • 43 dcdick // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 44 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Apr 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    transfer sage looked at your lists and apart from gomis and hunt think choupo motang of mains is an excellent player. big and exiting attacking midfielder or striker .

  • 45 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Apr 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    santon at 9 think cabella may make it in this country but imo grenier wont . he is a 6ft 2 version of marv .read that lyon dont want to sell him that is good .also heard he is concentrating getting ready for world cup .this is rubbish ,he has been injured for weeks. of lyons first choice midfield he is the worst. one of the replacement ferri is playing better than he was. i wonder who picked out grenier and ldj.

  • 46 jimmysmith // Apr 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I think we did potentially have a top 5 first choice 11 when we had Cabaye, which still left us 5 quality players short of actually ever finishing there. Now 6, and soon to be seven or more.

  • 47 stan anderson // Apr 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Once again we have people on here talking of who they want signed.
    Just get it in your heads we will not be bringing in anyone who has ambition to win anything.
    We may bring in prospects on small fees or free transfers that none of the ambitious clubs would want.
    We need to show we are p—-d off with these chancers running our club at present.

  • 48 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Apr 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    geordie 157 at 29 .i am fairly confident it is tom heardman. he plays mainly for u 18 s as striker scored 11 now after 2 this week.

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Our toon, thanks for sharing that info earlier.

    It doesn’t suprise me one bit. They must be so deflated playing with a less than qualified manager who had less playing ability than Ben Arfa’s little toe enforcing a poor containing game onto them.

    I hope the con-man is hounded out again at the next match and he is made to feel unbearable like the dross he makes unbearable for everyone else evey week.


  • 50 lesh // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    jazzy, ok I only skim read that Mail link but did I miss the bit about the ‘summer splurge’?

    Given all the flak directed at Ashley and Pardew (interesting how Pardew’s getting the bashing rather than Ashley – nicely swerved Mr Ashley!), we’re on the receiving end of a charm offensive.

    Big summer spending (who’s Troy Deeney?), tv money, Cabs money, etc etc. Bollix! If we’re lucky, it’ll be £10-£15m in reality.

    We, who are of a certain age, the silver backs, have seen and heard this crap before. It usually pops up before season tickets go on sale, but given 14000 supposedly not renewed, it’s starting early.

    Don’t be lulled by the PR but support the lads and vent spleens when the season’s out the way.

  • 51 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    I want him back in the line up

  • 52 123 Dummet Time // Apr 18, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    De jong

    would these ever happen as well?

  • 53 cyprus // Apr 18, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Buy, buy, buy.

    Fine, but can AP do something with what he will get?

    My concern is whether he has the ability. If a good coach had a team of decent pub players would he have not figured out a couple of set plays that actually work, in 3 years? Would this same coach have not played to his players strengths? Would he have not thrown in the right pot bellied CF when they were losing instead of putting on EVERY TIME a tall player who never actually scores?

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Pardew is saying we should be excited by our targets, Lee Charnley is saying only one or two will be signed, do they have the same gohst writers or even speak to each other on a weekly basis. Remember that distant memory of a fifth place finish when Pardew said we’ll be bringing in four or five and if someone left five or six, we’ve seen and heard it all before Alan.

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Firstly the Mag run a story of a bloke in a pub, then someone on here who isn’t ‘ITK’ claims that Debuchy and Remy will be off if the brown tongued lothario is still here, firstly, to have a mate so close to players is in fact being ITK, secondly, Debuchy has got no choice in the matter as he signed a four or five year contract.

  • 56 Blofal // Apr 18, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Jail I’m not defending Pardew in any way shape or form..

    Butt I did hear him clarify in an interview that we will add 1 or 2 quality players per season.. but that is on top of any first team replacements that need to be aquired because of players leaving.

    I’ll believe it when I see it though.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Me too !

  • 58 Dennis Twice // Apr 18, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Freebies watch out Magpies are coming to get you…uncle Ashley wants you

  • 59 magpie6699 // Apr 18, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Not interested in targets! Only signings.

  • 60 JP...from The Rock // Apr 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Anyone’s better than strolla, so why not.

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