The first striker Newcastle tries to sign last summer was 23 year-old former German U21 International Pierre-Michel Lasogga, but he decided to join Hamburg from Hertha Berlin – and that was the club he had spent the previous season on loan with.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – will come at a reduced price?
There were reports in January that Newcastle were still interested in signing the 23 year-old, and there were reports in Bild late last month that Newcastle were considering a late move for the German striker.
But as we know Pierre-Michel didn’t arrive last month, in fact nobody arrived last month, and now we have to struggle through the rest of the season with a squad that has been badly depleted by injury, suspensions and the lack of spending by the club.
That seems to becoming a regular thing with Mike Ashley’s frugal policies on Tyneside.
During last month Hamburg Sporting Director Peter Knabel said the following about his striker:
“There have been requests, but no offer.”
Lasogga signed a five year contract at Hamburg last summer and the German club invested heavily in a number of new players last summer.
But they have again been fighting against relegation in the Bundesliga, and they have had difficulty scoring goals, and they have only 14 goals in 21 league games,
They are currently 5th bottom of the Bundesliga, and only one point above safety.
Whether they stay in the Bundesliga or not they are likely to have a clear-out of players this summer, and they will be willing to move on Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
We think Newcastle will be the first in the queue.
For one reason he was nearly the top of our transfer targets last summer, and secondly he could well come at a reduced price from last summer, and that always interests Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Assuming we can get 8 points from our last 12 games and stay in the Premier League this season, we expect Newcastle to move quickly to bring in some players in June.
That’s because the club will have to attract a top coach to the club and bringing in new players early will help that cause.
It’s now looking like John Carver will struggle to get many points on the board in the run-in to the season, and of course he has also been left with a weakened squad by upper management at the club.
But it looks like the first team coach position at Newcastle is proving difficult for the 50 year-old Geordie, and yesterday’s performance after 10 days of preparation for this one game was simply a shambles, and embarrassing to the club and its many loyal fans around the world.
The question will be whether Pierre-Michel Lasogga is as good as Newcastle thought he was last summer, but Newcastle usually stick with their targets, once they start going after them.
What do you think?
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