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Newcastle Going After England International Striker

8:25 am, Monday, May 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

News today that Newcastle have joined the race to sign 26 year-old former Sunderland and Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell, who is currently at Cardiff City, and the south Wales side were relegated on Saturday, when they lost 3-0 at Newcastle.

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Fraizer Campbell – Cardiff City striker

Like all relegated sides from the Premier League, there will be other clubs looking to take the best Cardiff players at decent prices, because usually the relegated clubs must cut their operating costs when they go down to the Championship, because of the much reduced revenues.

When Newcastle were relegated in 2009 our revenues went from £86.1 to £52.4M, and then when we were immediately promoted, they  went back to £88.4M, and there’s even more of a gap these days in revenues, since the new Premier League multi-billion pound deal kicked in this season.

And Newcastle are one of the few clubs in the last several years who have gained immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

The Huddersfield-born striker joined Manchester United when he was very young and came through their famous Youth Academy.

The report in the Mirror is that there are a number of clubs queuing up to take the 26 year-old, but he has never been that successful at the top level – but Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Stoke are other clubs also said to be interested in the striker.

Since joining Cardiff from Sunderland two years ago, he has scored 16 goals in 50 appearances for Cardiff, and this season in the Premier League he has 9 goals in 38 appearances for the bottom of the league side.

While at Sunderland he scored only 10 goals in 68 appearances over four seasons, so he has never been a prolific goalscorer nor successful at the top level in England.

Fraizer has played for all the England Youth sides and has one appearance at the senior level in February of 2012, when interim England manager and former Newcastle left-back Stuart Pearce gave some young players a chance in the friendly against Holland, which we lost 3-2.

At that time Campbell had scored only six league goals in the previous four years, and had been at Sunderland for three years.

Fraizer is a decent striker, but we think Newcastle can do a lot better this summer, and we’d be surprised if the Magpies  are really interested in the 26 year-old.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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



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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Ed,
    I’m disappointed in your insistence of there only being hundreds walking out rather than the actual thousands, especially as you know it not to he true.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    TP,Dead right, he simply has to spend in the summer, our MD says one or two will come in, our beleaguered, despondent and snivelling manager is saying three or four, do these people sit and talk to each other, if there are people telling Mashley we can get away with bringing in two players because that’s what he wants to hear then we’re in for a season like the last one and the second half of this one.

  • 3 lesh // May 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Six goals in four years makes Campbell a direct replacement or even partner for Shola, bless him.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Lesh,
    He’ll be cheap and will only want 25K a week.

  • 5 BuckLuck // May 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    He is not good enough.

    There is a big chance I will put Newcastle SD on hold next season if Ashley doesn’t do the right thing and sack Pardew. Watching the kind of football Pardew provides is pure torture.

    I’ll gladly take 9th next season if we actually play football. This season has nothing to do with football and everything to do with a limited manager scared to loose.

  • 6 cyprus // May 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Is this the guy to take us a step higher? btw, Remy at Emirates yesterday…
    REPOST:
    Unless you are a dictator and Groupthink has been instilled, it is near impossible to organise a crowd or a fan base. To illustrate: half want the manager out, half want the owner out and half ;) want them both out!
    You could take any subject and have the same sort of stats.
    A mob needs focus, and short term at that. ie. you can’t have multiple targets like, please invest more in the summer window, while reducing the SD signs and firing AP and…. etc.

    Better: “AP out”.

    41cyprus // May 5, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Also, the more you ask from a crowd the easier it is for them to decline, protected in the anonymity. So, organisers, please ask for something simpler next time. e.g. hold a p45 form up at such and such time…

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Lesh,
    I’d bet money Shola will start a few games for us next season.

  • 8 Toon-Prodigy // May 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Jail,

    Exactly..

    What is going on behind closed doors? Where is the planning?

    But seriously, until the ambition and structures are changed at NUFC in regards to investing in the squad and the selling of players we are royally fcuked.

    It breaks my heart it does.

    I could not give a toss about Pardew right now, it’s all about the lack of ambition first and foremost for me. This buying players every few windows when we have to because players are leaving, the selling of players which weakens the team mid season, loan players.. It’s no good.

    We shouldn’t be having this sort of turmoil, it’s created by themselves because of a lack of forward thinking and consideration for the squad as a whole.

    This regime is being paid for nout.

  • 9 cyprus // May 5, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    JFA,
    It seemed to me as well like a few hundred on TV, maybe that’s what Ed saw. Perhaps that’s a completely wrong impression. Still: Surely TV would’ve milked a mass walk out? And focused on the rows and rows of empty stands?

  • 10 hibbit // May 5, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    ED northumbria police numbers show between 8 to 10 thouand fans left the ground dont know were your number is coming from

  • 11 lesh // May 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Jail, I wouldn’t take your bet, it’s a near certainty you’re right.

    Wonderful, we’ll have a star-studded squad when Ashley’s finished his buying selling!

  • 12 spitfire_ // May 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    So after pardew’s incapability of beating the mackems now he is ready to fill Newcastle with former theirs players. What a mastermind!

  • 13 scout // May 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    He would be decent, who are people expecting diego costa haha we aint gonna get much better than campbell tbh
    caulker
    campbell
    ince
    sidwell
    ennis
    colback

    ba

  • 14 Ian Toon // May 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Ian Toon
    May 5, 2014
    It would help if the supporter groups were united in a common cause. There are far too many self serving types who totally lack a focus. As an action Group they are neither feared nor respected by the regime. As a result we have seen the onward march of the corporatocracy of NUFC along the lines of SD.

    Intelligence and sensitivity are called for rather than abusing those fans who don’t immediately see your point of view and simply then accusing them of burying their head in the sand. This is no way to win the hearts and minds. Such lamentable spinelessness requires a mission statement with less chiefs but more Indians guided by a mission statement. This requires individual targeting of objectives driven by date certain accountability. Regular reporting of progress and changes made if not achieved. In fact a well orchestrated campaign- I ran such a programme whilst at Uni which was well received. It needs a few leaders. My father tells me that after countless years of Mc Geag (?) and sack the Board chanting at games he was displaced by Sir John Hall winning the hearts and minds of the fans. More brain and less brawn.

    Football fans are fickle and winning overrides short term objectives of action Groups.
    Planning in a methodical way would change the overall dynamic and outward image.
    At present there is a credibility problem because the majority need to buy into the “project”. Most fans want Ashley and Pardew out but are not convinced by the lack
    of a game plan.

  • 15 Go toon gooooo // May 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    TOP CLASS STRIKER.Ideal,maybe better replacement for Loic Remy.

  • 16 Sav // May 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Get Danny Ings, not Frazer Campbell.

  • 17 cam_toon // May 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Tat

  • 18 Crawfordladd17 // May 5, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    If we want any Cardiff players look at Caulker, Mutch, Noone and Marshall, Daehi has a bit of potential, the rest are not good enough. Medel has been a flop.

  • 19 whatsup // May 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Mytch and marshal for me better than krul

  • 20 Charlietoon // May 7, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Better stats than Shola, De Jong, Cisse




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