New Ambition – McClaren After Top-Rated Young Striker

The news doing the rounds last night and today is that Newcastle are going after 21 year-old England U21 striker Saido Berahino of West Brom, who has been selected by England U21 coach Gareth Southgate for the upcoming European U21 Championships to be held in the Czech Republic over the last two weeks of June.

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Saido Berahino – playing against Newcastle last season

Berahino has played for every single England Youth side from U15 through U21, and he’s got 10 goals in 14 appearances for the England U21 side, so it’s no wonder manager Gareth Southgate has him in the England squad.

In fact in 47 total appearances for England Youth sides over the last six years he’s scored 24 goals.

Last season Berahino had a breakthrough season scoring 20 goals in 45 total appearances for West Brom, and 14 of those were in the Premier League in 38 appearances.

But his transfer fee this summer is also likely to be (very) high, because he improved significantly last season, and some top clubs in England will be after him.

England U21 manager Gareth Southgate certainly thinks that as he talked about Saido:.

“Saido is a quality finisher. He’s been a pleasure to work with,” “It’s clear there have been a couple of dips off the field in the last year. What I like about him is that there is always recognition.”

“There’s never a denial. You hope as time goes on there are fewer dips and then none at all. He has got a fantastic chance of being a top player.”

“This year he got himself physically right in pre-season, in great shape,’’ “The reward was getting in West Brom’s first team. Working with Tony Pulis added tactical understanding.”

It’s good that Saido seems to be maturing quickly and handled two off the field problems well during last season.

Newcastle are also looking for players of good character – and that’s especially true when a lot of our players seemed to almost give up when playing for John Carver this year – and we had a terrible eight game losing streak for the first time ever in the Premier League.

There are reports today that Newcastle have the Charlie Austin deal tied up – so we really hope that’s true.

And if we can then get Saido through the door, we’d have two top English strikers at Newcastle for next season and that would be amazing – and the fans would be really buzzing.

If that happens you would even think that Newcastle are building a side who want to win something next season.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1

    If the Toon got Austin and Martin from Derby – canny forward pairing
    Austin Martin – ho ho ho

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2


    Much better than welshs efforts 🙂

  • Slank

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t see him and Austin arriving. One or the other but not both but I would love to be wrong.

    I wonder if this is a made up story to force the issue with one or both of the clubs where these two players are contract to.

  • Slank

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Charlie @ 1

    Shouldn’t that be brum brum brum !

  • magpie6699

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Or we could play him up front with Tim Healy (in drag?) and have an Austin Healy strike force.

  • stuart no9

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    all sounds great , trouble is , weve signed nobody yet. every body knows during close season we go after every player on the planet and end up with …………

  • croftus5678

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #7

    isnt there a striker called powers ! so we can have austin powers ?

  • Chris

    Jun 12, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #8

    “we go after every player on the planet and end up with …………”

    it was 9 last summer, wasn’t it?

    Perez, Colback, De Jong, Cabella, Riviere, Janmaat, Darlow, Lascelles & Ferreyra

  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9


    Remember the old days when redundancies were handled on an Austin firstout basis!

  • sks_toon

    Jun 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    is anyone worried that we arent linked with good CBs? Or even the fact that no one from the club is saying anything about bringing in new CBs, because we need 2 more quality CBs.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11

    There will be no logic applied to incoming transfers this window – once again. Basically because Charnley and Carr want to pocket money on any transaction. We might finish up with four more left wingers and nobody else if that’s where the cash lies for the dirty duo. McClaren has bent over and agreed to take what he is given, obviously, which is why he has the job. It stinks, it really does.

  • Malta Mag

    Jun 12, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #12

    I know it’s difficult for some of you but can you not be at least a little optimistic? FFS!!


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