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Newcastle Interested In Blackburn Striker

8:17 am, Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

We were first linked with striker Jordan Rhodes back in early 2012 and through that summer, when he was at Huddersfield Town, but the striker joined Blackburn Rovers for £9M in that summer, and he has continued to score goals for the Lancashire side

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes – 24 year-old Blackburn striker

And a few weeks ago his name came up again as a Championship striker we were keeping tabs on,  and more news today that Newcastle could be interested in signing the Oldham-born 24 year-old.

It’s not surprising that we are have a number of strikers on our list this summer, because having to replace three of our strikers is going to be a monumental task, and certainly not easy.

Jordan was prolific with Huddersfield in the lower leagues, when former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark was the manager there, and over four seasons he scored 87 goals in 148 appearances.

And at Blackburn in the last two seasons he’s been just as prolific and has 52 goals in 96 appearances, so he knows where the back of the net is – that’s for sure.

Bur we’ve seen strikers before be prolific in the lower leagues in England, and not be able to make it in the Premier League –  Gateshead born Danny Graham was one of the recent ones, so it’s always a gamble.

And that’s where good scouting comes in, to see if he has abilities to keep scoring at any level, so both Graham Carr and Alan Pardew will need to get together to decide whether this 8 times capped Scottish International is good enough for Newcastle.

We don’t think he’s worth £9M though, since that would be taking a huge risk on the player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // May 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Repost.
    We want £3million for Marveaux according to the Journal!!! Based on what?? If that is the going rate for a play who has barely played in three years and was a free, then the regime can hardly quibble when Montpellier say they want closer to £14million for Cabella!!

    I mean seriously, we want 3 for Marveax, and only bid 6 (depending on truth of news stories) for Cabella!!

  • 2 firebug666 // May 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    If we got him he could be a 3rd or 4th choice striker if he finds it difficult. My guess is he would work his socks of to put himself in the shop window for bigger clubs with ambition.

  • 3 Davies // May 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Looks like an old picture of Shearer. Sign him up.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // May 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Firebug,
    Could the club afford, sorry, would the club be willing to part with the amount of cash Rhodes would cost for him to be a 3rd/4th choice striker? He will cost anywhere from £8million upwards I’d guess. If we got him I’d imagine we are looking at him, Cisse, Goofy as the first team strikers with one or two of Campbell, Arma and Perez pushing them.

    I wouldn’t mind bringing Rhodes in, but it would preferably be as well as a proven top level striker. I’m not convinced we would be willing to splash out that.

  • 5 firebug666 // May 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Yeah my post is a little unclear sorry, I meant he would end up being 3rd or 4th choice if he found it difficult to make the step up to the premier league.

    He would have to work hard to fit into any of Pardrew’s week systems, and would be isolated quite a bit if played as a lone striker. Then again it is the same for any striker coming to our club.

    Other new says that Newcastle and Montpellier (spelling) are poles apart on their valuation for Cabella as are Newcastle and Cabella’s agents over wages.

    Ah well!

  • 6 Blofal // May 29, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    He has superb composure in front of goal which is something we sorely lack. Always places the ball into the back of the net instead of blazing away and hoping for the best.

    I would pay £9m for him. Maybe less and include a sell on fee for him or something. But Pardew wants to play direct football and he is that type of player.

  • 7 Lost Plot // May 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    With the right team feeding him he’ll be an absolute star

    If we are that team well .. Am I to answer that?

    I was gutted we never gambled taking him when Lee Clark was asking us to monitor him at Huddersfield!

    However .. He’s found the net more than any of our players if late .. He’s only 24 BUT because he’s English he’ll want mags bucks lol

  • 8 musomag // May 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    LG – you are absolutely spot on




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