Newcastle Eyeing Several Strikers For January


Newcastle are lining up various striker targets that we could sign in January and that’s one of the weaknesses of the side at the moment – we are just not ruthless enough in front of goal.

We just watched the Everton 6-2 dismantling of Sunderland and the Toffees took their chances – and if we had been as clinical as that yesterday in our game against Stoke we would have won easily – maybe 3-0 or more – but we didn’t and we missed far too many chances.

It was another 2 points lost.

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Benik Afobe – talented Wolves striker

So it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle want to bring in a striker in January but it should be another youngster who can improve in the future.

We already have Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez starting up front and if we are to bring in another striker it should be somebody experienced.

And also it wouldn’t have hurt yesterday if McClaren had thrown on Papiss Cisse with say 15 minutes to go – Papiss has a knack in those close encounters with the score even of getting the winning goal – just a thought.

We were linked last week with 22 year-old French striker Anthony Koura who plays in France’s second division for Olympique Nimes – but if he signs he will be one who can improve in the future at Newcastle, but we need an experienced man coming in during the January transfer window.

There’s also news in Sweden today that we may be interested in 25 year-old striker Matthew Rusike who has played once for Zimbabwe and moved to Halmstads BK last summer on a one and a half year deal from Kaizer Chiefs based in Johannesburg in South Africa and they play in the Premier Soccer League.

That contract allowed the player to leave the club should Halmstads be relegated and guess – what – they were relegated yesterday in the final games of the Allsvenskan – the Swedish League.

Even though they beat Hammarby 2-1 at home they finished up second bottom of the league with just 21 points from 30 games.

Matthew Rusike spoke to Kvallsposten yesterday after his club were relegated and he was asked if Newcastle were interested – and he said “no comment.”

But this is not the player who can score goals for us in the second half of the season and he would be another big risk – but  he wouldn’t cost much.

The player we should go out and sign is QPR striker Charlie Austin and maybe offer QPR say £6M to take him in January – and he will be a free agent next summer and QPR get nothing for him.

We don’t need another player untested in the Premier League in January – we need a known quantity and that’s what Charlie Austin is.

All Newcastle have to do is part with their money and yes – we know the club finds that extremely difficult at times – and would rather pay out peanuts for young players who may make it big a couple of years in the future.

Another player who could fit the bill and has experience already playing in England – but is still a risk – is 22 year-old Wolves striker Benik Afobe, but he has a £14M value placed on him by his club.

Maybe Newcastle will surprise us and be willing to pay out that amount or at least a decent fee for a very good young player who used to be at Arsenal and since joining Wolves in January has scored 20 goals and 5 assists in 36 total appearances for Wolves.

He has 6 goals in 13 appearances for Wolves this season.

He’s still a risk and more so than Charlie Austin but much less risky than bringing in Anthony Koura or Matthew Rusike.

It’s just  too risky to bring in a young untested striker in January and if we are to bring in a center-back and a striker then it’s important these players are the real deal.

Not another cheap deal – which by definition is of very high risk.

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163 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out! Jeff 🙂

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  • firebug666

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #2

    South 1 Bourn 0

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #3

    sick and tired of buying shite

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    John, I believe you just succinctly and accurately summarised Eds Article.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Need a CB and a CM before looking at a striker in my book though 50 mill to spend isnt there?

    Shawcross is fit again

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Hello Ed,was that a cheeky little Charlie Austin mention there?

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib
    I saw ur reply btw if u honestly didn’t mean anything by ur comment then let’s forget about it but might be a thought in future to think about ur comments before u post them

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Mind the Chelsea and Citeh players in my FPL team have been a bit of a let down. Especially Bony. 🙁

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    We are also (reportedly) after Lass Bangoura of Real Valllecano , you get the impression that because we are known as a buying club at the moment , that our name gets thrown into every transfer story.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Sitc Charlie Austin spotting is Eds ” Where’s Wally?”

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #11

    “Where’s Waldo?” for all you colonial unfortunates ha ha 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    When did we officially become this ” buying club”?

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib
    Is that you having another go at a Lass? Shame on ya

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    WWSBRD
    Si senor , buen consejo , gracias .

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed
    We need a midfield holding player and a defender. We scored 6 last week so we have no need for a striker unless he’s proven like Austin. Why would we wanna buy some second rater from Wolves?

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    sing
    Ha ha ha

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  • cyprus

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #17

    So, today we saw two teams that will definitely (ok I hope) finish below us. Or, put another way, two teams that are worse than us. Bournemouth and Sunderland.

    Have to feel for our neighbours, they pulled a 2-0 deficit back, then proceeded to be spanked. Will give them something to hope for. They got em a young Bellamy: Watmore.

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki
    NUFC third biggest spenders in the EPL (the wealthiest league in the world) in the Summer .
    Keep up son.

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  • g.s.tooner

    Nov 1, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    WWSBRD

    I don’t think another CM is what we need what with having Colback, Sissoko, Anita, Wijnaldum, De jong, Tiote available.

    A CB yes but the other areas we need to fill are

    1. A decent LB
    2. A winger who can consistently whip in a decent cross or cut inside and threaten the opponents goal.
    3. A striker to support Mitro and Perez / replace Cisse and bang some goals in…

    ….in that order but preferably all of them.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20

    We could call him Wor Lass and everything. I can see hear the commentator now…’and Coloccini surges forward. Slips it to Wor Lass..’ Etc

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #21

    strikers? unproven in the prem ?

    we have young arma banging them in in league 1, top scorer in the division .. he is ours.. and his goals are amazing, he is full of confidence

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  • Wayayman

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Why would we want to buy any unproven strikers? We’d be better off using Arma from January. God knows what more he kid can do in his loan spell to impress McClaren. His finishing is superb, he looks like he’s a natural at every level he’s played for England too. Got to be a better bet that some mediocre Wolves player.

    Aaaaanyway, we all know we need at least two CD’s and a creative midfielder. We’ll need another box to box player in the summer as I can’t see wijnaldum sticking around playing for us longer that this season.
    We should start all of this by sacking charnley and getting a proper MD in who’s 1st job would be to reshape this ridiculous ‘football board’ that has the soddin manager on it. Only at NUFC.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Jeffrey,
    We’re in the top twenty richest teams in the world yet have spent more time battling relegation in the top flight since Ashleys arrival than not. What does that say about the way we are being run ?

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #24

    g.s
    Nar mate our CM options are garbage Anita’s not PL quality, Tiote is disillusioned and the club want shot, Colback shouldn’t be a starter, Gini isn’t playing there for us, Sissoko is garbage there and de Jong is a nothing player, we have numbers but no quality

    We need a CM desperately for me, an actual CDM and a real play maker. Half the reason we lose is because we have no control in the centre.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    why does the guy on the side lines still check studs on boots? seems a very pointless thing todo

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Jeff – but son, how does that answer the question. Is it not penetrative by search engine? And another thing about your rumour – “Alhassane “Lass” Bangoura (born 30 March 1992) is a Guinean footballer who plays for Spanish club Rayo Vallecano” which, if wiki (and not me btw) is correct, means you don’t really know the difference between a ‘Rayo’ and ‘Real’, despite your Google Translate aspirations, and you are far too liberal with your “L’s”. Boom!

    Oo-er missus, Oops, Ohhh…Matron! Etc. Cue ‘ cool’ smiley….

    Yeah, that is exactly how it feels, enervating isn’t it?

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  • Wayayman

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Anita isn’t premier league standard? What? I must have been watching a different player his season as he’s been (mostly) fantastic at linking the defence and more creative players. Gets let down by others around him losing possession too easily leaving him having two jobs and two men to mark most of the time.

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  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    ——————————-Freddie——————————–
    —————Sailor———Chance———Dummet—————–Vurnon———–Colo—–Colback———-Obertan——
    ———-Sissoko———–Miteovic———-Perez————–

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Sitc @. 20 I think it’s that kind of ‘play’ that got our bubble-locked lothario into bother before.

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Sing

    Can just see Shteve being interviewed

    ” Any plans for more West African players Mr McClaren”

    SM
    ” Nah we don’t want a side full of Cisses and Lasses”

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  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Colo with Colback in midfield in frobt of Sailor, Chancel and Dummet

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Wayayman

    i dont know whaat people want in a footballer, Anita for me has been a good player for us every time he has played, LET DOWN big time by P45, this season he has been our best DMC,

    what we need IMO is a good KEEPER, a LB, CB , and maybe a proper a right winger, but i think (hope) young florian will come good

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #33

    WWSBRD

    I think you found your niche before as blog policeman.

    You should leave the footy stuff to those who know what they are talking about.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Catchy,
    P45 has gone now mate, he’s doing a canny job in London with that French guy who left us because of Pardew ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Wayayman/Catchy…it goes to show when a player like Colback gets all the praise for all his negative running and stupid yellow cards!

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki
    Exactly! Allegedly!

    Jib
    ..not to mention a famous German international from the 90’s

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Jeff unless you’re still trying to outrun that boulder coming down the stairs come on back son, you just got owned so bad by your own faithful Googleotron! The betrayal! The treachery! Surely you’ve got something? Surely?

    🙂

    In the meantime I trust blogdom in general can discern how jeffs ‘ input’ is virtually worthless at best without Jeeves at his beck and call.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib @. 33 – know anybody?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib,
    “You should leave the footy stuff to those who know what they are talking about.”
    Obviously not you though, your piece on Pardew and Andy Carroll and the eight year contract for nurturing him the the Championship shows that without Google you know SFA, real fans don’t use Central Station ??? Real fans know that Chris Hughton is a bit of a legend !

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Sitc allegedly, of course… ahem…

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