This Striker Could Be Great Buy In January

We’re sure that Papiss Cisse will do his very best until January to try to keep the goals coming for Newcastle, but it’s obvious that wherever we are in the league by then,  we need a striker brought in during January, and preferably early January.

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Luc Castaignos – 22 year-old Dutch striker

And there was a report we put out recently that Newcastle were tracking FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos, who started his career at Feyenoord and spent a brief time at AC Milan in Italy before returning to Dutch football and FC Twente just over two years ago.

While at Feyenoord he played 42 games with 15 goals and two assists, and then when he was just 18 years old he moved to AC Milan.

Luc stayed in Italy for one season, playing 8 games and scoring one goal, but moved back to Holland when he was 19 years old in the summer of 2012.

The 22 year-old has now made 90 appearances for his Dutch club with 36 goals and 11 assists, and that’s not too bad a record. and he has 15 appearances for the Dutch U21 side with 6 goals.

The transfer price is supposed to be around £6M, and that’s  within the range that owner Mike Ashley would pay out for a very promising 22 year-old, whose best years are still ahead of him.

Luc has 50 appearances for Dutch youth sides since 2008 with 27 goals, and his style of player is reminiscent of the great French striker Thierry Henry, and if he turns out anything like Henry, he will be a great buy for Newcastle.

You’ve got to think Mike Ashley and the recruitment team realize that we are short of goal-scorers in the squad, and that they will be bringing in at least one striker in January, and Luc would seem to be an excellent acquisition.

Whar other strikers do you think Newcastle could go after – and would be available in January?

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32 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Oct 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Any incomings will depend on where we are in the league come January. If we’re on the ropes, we’ll be lucky to get anyone decent in.

  • scottoon

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Even those strikers that score a goal a game in the Eredivisie rarely come over here and light it up. Not sure that this lad has what it takes. I think Ashley needs to break out of his own mold and find us a striker and centre half with proven pedigree or we are in serious trouble.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #3

    upto to Janaury we have about 12 games -half of those games are against – Spurs,Liverpool,Chelsea,Arsenal,Man u, and Everton.
    Even the most optimistic Toon fan will probably not expect much of a point haul against those teams.
    Apart from the opening game we were expected to get a good points haul aginst so called lesser teams. That expectation has not materialised.
    We are in the claggy – come January if we are languishing near the bottom – we are not going to get any quality players in.
    We are sleepwalking to the Championship.

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s nuts to be talking about players we don’t have in the middle of the season. This doesn’t reflect long term 8 year plans…

    Merson’s prediction makes sense, although I’ve gone for a win in order to force the issue. They’ll let us huff and puff for a while, and hope to hit us on the counter, a tried and tested tactic with us. I don’t want us to play a high line as that exposes our slow defenders, as it did for Chelsea, in any case, under AVB. Having said that I want a siege! For 95′!

  • Douglas

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I have seen him over here in Holland lots of times. Good but not spectakular

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #6

    on those games… we have to chase every single game now, expecting points from all as ‘smaller’ teams have already proven. I see a whole lot of draws this year… ie trouble

  • 70TWO

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #7

    The other day somebody suggested an open letter to Keith Bishop, I have written one of sorts but would like feed back before I send it to the company email. I have numbered the paragraphs so specific suggestions should be easier.

    Thanks in advance for your attention and advice.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Open letter to supporters of Newcastle United, Keith Bishop and Mike Ashley
    I hate to say it but professional football is no longer about representing the honour of a locality and people who invest pride into their local club are misguided. The Premier League is foremost a business and the product is entertainment, the price of a ticket buys a seat and anything else is opinion and socialising. The origins of football are of whole villages playing against each other and an essence of that still continues today, however entering a stadium is nothing more than entering a theatre where you wish to spectate at an unscripted and unpredictable performance. The crowd are no different to those of the Roman Crucible who adore winners and just as noisily bay for blood when the opportunity arises.
    These days supporting a team is like having a favourite band that you are fanatical about to the detriment of all other musical groups, who you begrudgingly accept may have one or two good hits. As well as all the merchandise available, you pay to see them on tour and/or at your local venue and the individuals playing are performing for your adoration. Because of the limited nature, if you decide not to go another person will more than likely take your place for the same experience that is gained from actually being there in person, within a living mass. As a spectator the performance of the team generates a feeling which is amplified by the crowd and that emotion is projected either onto the pitch, at the opposing supporters, or out to the surrounding community, or even towards an individual.
    Unfortunately that huge expression of emotion is not an investment and other than your bum on a seat there is no other ‘legal’ interaction between the customer and the club. At Newcastle a significant number of vocal supporters are expressing their dissatisfaction with the poor performances and are offering their opinions about changes they think are needed to make an improvement. If we go back to the theatre analogy, the audience would say “The stars have left, lines are being dropped and there is no coherence. The Director is failing and the Owner should rectify the problem, or leave.”
    However there is no obligation for the owner to react to the complaints whilst the majority of seats are still being used and a 90 minute show is given, despite the type of performance. So then we have to ask “What is it to be a Supporter?”
    A large proportion of supporters at any club are local because of the convenience, peers and the historical link it has to the community, in the age of the Premiership these reasons have become less and less important as a larger proportion of money is gained from TV contracts than attendance fees. But owners know that the reputation of the league is based on the atmosphere created by large audiences in the ground that show their appreciation for good players and entertaining football. These have sadly been lacking at St. James Park, but recent attempts at protest have been shown not to have the majority of support and those not attending or not buying season tickets have either been replaced or been insufficient in number. The risk of relegation, poor performances and disruption to the squad has failed to elicit the support of many fans towards demanding a change for a number of possible reasons, although why would protesting have any effect when crowd numbers are continually above average?
    I am not about to make any more suggestions about forcing a change at NUFC because even though supporters are a potent mass, they are also individual people who have a right to their own opinion and own expression. I do believe a greater understanding is needed from all those involved in order to improve the environment at games and to enable a better relationship to flourish between the club and its supporters. Communication through talking and listening is required to generate effective discussion rather than confrontational and inflated exaggeration from both sides. The current Fans Forum is not providing this opportunity, but despite not working should not be abandoned as it is the only devise with which change can be facilitated by holding the club to their legal obligations and focusing on their own stated objectives. The use of proper and recorded dialogue, with a huge amount of time should enable the club to be held to account, locally and nationally, plus generate the changes that fans would like.
    The club is currently required to facilitate the forum, however the meetings appear to be stage managed and do not enable a reciprocating process to take place, for which they were originally envisaged. At the moment as I understand, questions from supporters are suggested to the representative members via the club in order to filter the quantity of communications any one individual may receive, because of duplication or other reasons like abuse. The result has been rather stultifying and I think created a combative environment of questions and answers, with no deeper analysis allowed to take place and the appearance that the club only wishes to present certain information and carefully controlling proceedings for its own benefit only.
    The forums should happen more frequently to allow questions to be answered in the following meeting, or for progress to be monitored. Forum members should be able to communicate between themselves in order to generate an agenda, which would also allow an opportunity for the club to present its own topics of discussion. The process of filtering correspondents does appear to be censorship but I have no sensible solution, as every individual thinks they have a unique idea and wonders if they could do a better job. However that could be a matter for discussion along with a ‘Mission Statement’ to which the Fans Forum wants to work towards and against which all actions within the whole club can be evaluated.
    I predict that there would be a large amount of ancillary benefits to a more open, communicating and reciprocal relationship between fans and the club, without a regular outcry to change the manager at every change in fortune or the removal of board members. However without the prior suggestions being acted upon the current holder of the managerial role will find it difficult to convince a large vocal number of supporters that he is the right man for the position.

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #9

    good ain’t enough. You got something specatacular? 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed were linked with this lad every window!

    On the previous post, see nout wrong with Mersons prediction, in fact I think it’s pretty generous given the way were playing

    Leicester are playing without fear nor expectation and have beaten bigger and better teams than us and certainly have had no fear playing away from home
    The pressure will fully be on our lads, they know full well a loss will have the toon army baying for blood, rightly so!

    Also this question that keeps popping up, can Pardew get the first win and save his job…..why should the result determine his fate? Surely any manager at any club with his record this year would be long gone so why should a win against a newly promoted team have any bearing on his employment whilst we languish at the bottom of the table?
    It’s a joke tbh

  • toon kk

    Oct 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #11

    There’s no point writing about this and that player who would be a great signing. We know we need better players. But Mash has a regime of selling for profit, so top players are a big no, anyway they wouldn’t want to join the circus.

  • toonking

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon-Prodigy // Oct 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    “The problem wrong with this blog is people have been wanting Pardew out since he has been here with some folk. It’s been going on 4 years, i’v been here.

    Ragardless of results. He was never seen as an NUFC manager. Which is understandable at the time. Its been dwelled upon.

    But our plans and league finish was always going to be the same, Under these constaints. It has to be the manager? Internationals at his disposal? It must be these people within the club.

    The squad is poor. Fact. ”

    really mate this is a natural thing that has always been part of football. We do see so much more now but the thing about this manager is he hasn’t had what happens to managers 9 times out of 10, he hasn’t been sacked therefore we see considerable build up of anger and stress. He might have the odd positive thing like the 5th place finish and his good start last season but they are forgotten about rapidly when a bad thing happens.

    people say week in week out things like
    “we have brought in quality internationals, the players have been pardewed”
    “he is being too defensive the more forward we get the harder it is for them to win”
    “dummett is sh1t”
    “all this team needs is a quality manager and we can get top 6-8”

    a player can look quality at one club or country but we have see for decades that just because you play great for one club, you will play great for another club or country.

    These foreign players who don’t perform well we alway say pardew is the one at fault, if you followed england this week, you would have seen a story where one england player was complaining about tireness. If you said to your boss “i’m tired and can’t work” the chance of him letting to remain home would be unlikely, this itself shows just how much players get away with sometimes.

    to get a team going forward the thing you must have in your team is speed, fifa games are much easier to get yourself goals, sir alex ferguson himself was not the typpe of manager you saw going for massive wins, the tactics he generally used was tire the opposition out then at the late stages of a match he used that as an advantage and got the goals to win.
    city can score lots as they have good forwards, you look at liverpool this season and see a lot less threat now they don’t have suaez.

    As this is ashleys club it’s him who decides where the team need to finish and the decision to sack chris hughton, who had us in 10th place, but keep pardew who has headbutted a player and also seen us in 1 relegation battle already tells me that ashley just does not care about what the fans want, all he is interested in is SD advertising and money.

  • lesh

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13


    You’re letter looks good, perhaps a bit wordy in its early paragraphs. For the sake of feasibility, might I suggest a thinning down of the theatre analogy.

    Your points about communication and the Forum are succinct, well made and should be aired.

    But why write to Bullshit Bishop? He has no official role at the club. I suggest that the letter/ mail be marked for the attention of Charnley as MD, suggesting an meeting to clarify any points.

    A spirit of constructive dialogue between fans and the club is clearly your intention and that is to be encouraged to try to recover from the aggressive questioning that may have been evident at the Forum.

    Go for it and if you can facilitate dialogue, well done.

    Oh and tads, you’re dead right about Pardew’s record and why a game should save the job he should’ve been removed from months ago.

  • toon kk

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Toonking @12
    Spot on mate. Everything you wrote is true.

  • Mag52

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15


    Most of what you say I agree with.
    The squad is a poor one, no doubt about that. Whether or not the likes of Cabella will improve as he gets more used to playing in the premiership, only time will tell.
    True also that amongst a number of contributors here there has been an agenda against Pardew ever since he arrived, and now, of course, they are making the most of the poor start to the season. They smell blood.
    What I would take issue with you is on the subject of the ‘head but’.
    Pardew has taken a lot of stick for this incident, and he could have probably have handled it differently, but no way in the world was it a head but. Without wanting to go over the whole incident again, he was assaulted in his own area on the touch line by a thug of a Hull player who careered into him at a rate of knots, possibly out of frustration at the situation his team were in. He stayed on his feet, approached the player and eye-balled him. There was no contact at all with his head.
    Incredibly Pardew was fined and suspended from the dugout and no action was taken against the Hull thug.

  • mag92

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Hopefully the worst manager in football will be gone shortly, before he completely ruins the clubs famous history. Pardew just lurches from one cock up to another.

  • mag92

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Tomorrow marks Pardews 700th match as a manager and he hasn’t won anything in all those games worth crowing about.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Jesus, just crawled out me pit.

    Apologies for my wording and spelling earlier, Im not the best to start with. Was shattered!

    Jail and Average,

    I hope I don’t come across as a backing for Pardew as that is not what I truly think and where I sit with it all, I just believe in a balanced argument and I see his difficulties and boundaries under Ashley.

    Im just a bloke who looks at the big picture and the problems from all angles really. Im well aware Pardew is mediocre I’v been clear on this many times.

    It’s just a shame their is very little of that on here. It’s more of a place where people vent their frustration which I do get also, rather than the big picture and all aspects being explored.

    That’s one thing you will get from me.

    Have fun lads, I best get into work.

  • scottoon

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #19

    mag52- is it a proper laying on of the nut… But it is far more than “eyeballing”. “Rate of knots”….Meyler took two quick walk strides, Pardew plays the ball away from him and Meyler pushes Pardew rather than careers into him. Sorry mate but your version is just plain wrong. Even if Pardew just “eyeballed” Meyler, the fact is as a manager that behaviour alone would be indefensible. But Pardew has done so much more and should have been hung out for it by the club and not just fined as he was. The league handled it correctly, but he should have been fired.

  • Lost Plot

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Mag: ya spot on matey

    Want us to win tomorrow but same time I want right man in the frame for next match

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Your message shows your passion. I’d keep it simpler: “When you guys gonna fire AP?” 😉

    Anyway, hope we can start playing some football… hope we stuff Leicester like 5-1 🙂

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #22

    So Lawro predicts we’ll win 2-1 while Roddy (Keane ghost writer) predicts we’ll lose by the same score. He must have consulted his ghost.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes it looks eyeball to eyeball lol

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #24

    What the fcuk is that face all about like lol.

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Looking good on the stats front:

    “Of the 17 ever-present Premier League sides in 2014, Newcastle have collected the fewest wins (5) and fewest points (20), scored the fewest goals (21) and conceded the most goals (49).”

    Read more:
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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #26
  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey Jonas,
    What’s up over there in Argentina? If you’re reading this blog, here’s one for you 🙂

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Is it safe to come on here tonight.

  • cyprus

    Oct 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Please don’t mention Cabaye’s goal tomorrow when you hear of it! There was a lucky deflection there 😉

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Right then average if you are still there I’m only going to say this once and I’m giving you 10 minutes to respond because I won’t be asking again so this is up to you.

    Do you want to stop the arguements and just shake hands, up to you.

  • la.jim

    Oct 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #31

    We should win 2 to 1 tomorrow.

  • Sav

    Oct 18, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #32

    watched Luc C.’s video goals and while I wouldn’t dismiss any player on the basis of a Youtube clip, not would I hire him on that basis. And based on the clip, to say he is heir apparent to Henri is just sarcasm.


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