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Newcastle After Profilic Championship Goalscorer

6:59 pm, Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 87 Comments

News today that Newcastle United are interested in a striker we were supposed to have fancied a couple of years ago – Ross McCormack – who is now at Fulham.

The London club only just avoided relegation from the Championship last season, but Ross still scored 21 goals in 45 appearances for them and in the two seasons he’s been at Fulham, he has scored 42 goals with 22 assists in just 100 appearances.

Quite a record.

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Ross McCormack – Fulham striker

He was at Leeds United for four years before moving to London and the other two related PL clubs – Aston Villa and Norwich –  are also said to be interested in the striker, who has 12 caps for Scotland.

So Ross seems as close as you can get to a guaranteed goalscorer – at least in the Championship  – and he cost Fulham a whopping £11M when he signed for them in the summer of 2014 from Leeds United – and news that he has a release clause of £12M in his contract.

It will all depend on whether Rafa Benitez thinks Ross is a good investment for Newcastle, but he would likely get a pile of goals on Tyneside if he signed for us.

And if we are interested in him,  he would likely be drawn to Newcastle because of Rafa Benitez being the manager in charge of most things at the club.

Ross is 29 year-old and turns 30 in August but that will no longer be an artificial barrier to  Newcastle signing the player.

It will now depend on how good he is and what kind of job he can do for Newcastle in an area we must improve from last season, when we scored only 44 goals in 38 league games – and five of those were in the very last game.

Rafa Benitez is now in control of all transfers into and out of the club – and he will be the man who will make the decision on McCormack for the Magpies.

We need to get an experienced natural goalscorer into the ranks for next season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

87 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Is he any better than what we have now?

  • 2 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    If anyone wondered where Welshie disappeared to he had to go to the doctors. He can’t stop singing ,”The green green grass of home” The doctor told him he’s suffering from Tom Jones Syndrome. When he asked the doctor if it’s common he replied,”It’s not unusual”

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 23, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    GET HIM – been banging on about him for months great goalscoring record in a poor Fulham team.

    seen him at TOON v leeds two years ago hit the crossbar with a screamer – ran the TOON defence ragged

  • 4 santon3 // May 23, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    we are not in epl, 12 mil is huge amount of money nowadays.
    I wonder if Rafa interested bringing Abeid back to replace Tiote.
    I hope SDJ stays and stay fit (I don’t think anyone will touch him tbh).
    Saviet may come good to replace Tiote, but I think he is better as full back.
    At least Cisse will leave, he’s the worst #9 we ever had. Not sure Mitro can be good #9 since he is more likely yo be sent off. Hopefully our local guys can wear #9, maybe Arma, Heradman, or whoever good young striker we have.

    Btw love the new strip.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    I think Arma, Mitro Perez and Gouffran should be given up till the window to bang a few in, if not then think about bringing in a Championship striker, personally I think those four will do the business between them.

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM


    That joke was old when I was a young man!!!

  • 7 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Bill…… The old ones are the best Bill. How about this one then:

    A Welsh ice -cream seller was found dead on the floor of his van. He was covered in hundreds and thousands. Police said he topped himself.

  • 8 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Still old shyte
    Try again

  • 9 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Could be worth the money, it gives us a proven goal scorer in that league but also give Armstrong time to develop without the pressure

  • 10 Jib // May 23, 2016 at 7:55 PM


    You have been shown up as a “know nowt” doylum

    Give it up and save yourself further humiliation

  • 11 dok - the horrid colonial // May 23, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    dammit I thought it was a Charlie Austin article…

  • 12 Tonytoon73 // May 23, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    JB. Fork is out ha ha

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    You haven’t by any chance dug up Tommy Coopers grave for his joke have you?

  • 14 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 7:58 PM



  • 15 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 8:01 PM


    Do you think Gouffran is good enough? Even in the championship?

    Personally think we should cut him loose and look elsewhere

  • 16 Tonytoon73 // May 23, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    How’s it going Jack mate

  • 17 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 8:02 PM


    I’m good mate, how’s things with you? Where have you been hiding?

  • 18 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Just been looking at the reserves and kids listed as forwards on our books.
    Gillead (think he has a good loan spell at Carlisle)
    Roberts (has been on loan I believe)
    Cobhain (know nowt about him)

    I think they are all on our books still.

  • 19 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    No one has mentioned Toney so far on this thread either.

  • 20 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 8:05 PM


    Tony is very much the forgotten man, but from what I’ve seen of the lad next season could be a big one for him

  • 21 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 8:06 PM


  • 22 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    I do think he’d be capable in the Championship, people tend to forget he’s a striker because of where McCardew had him playing mainly as a defensive winger, I think he could bang avfew in and would be a handy player for the bench. If we buy a striker for a lot of money then he has to be able to step up to the PL.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Been on the Estrella jib?

  • 24 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Just remembered he was loaned back to Northampton was he not.

    Speaking of Northampton they were promoted to the old First division with us many eons go if I recall correctly.

    Doesn’t time fly!!

  • 25 JackButler // May 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM


    I suppose it will all depend on who stays, I think it will be hard to keep hold of Perez tbh

  • 26 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    I don’t believe that Goufron has ever been played as a striker in all of the time he has been with us. Even though that from what I have heard and read is what he was signed as.
    Perhaps as Jail suggested it is a position where he actually might prove more than capable, just a thought.

  • 27 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Just reread my comment 13, please insert the word book when (if) reading.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    It will be great to hear Rafa’s first presser after he’s signed. It will be interesting to find out what his vision is for the club and we might actually get some truth from a manager at long last.

  • 29 Essex Geordie Bill // May 23, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    I’m sure his book (allegedly found in America and on which his whole comedic career was based) had more than one joke in it. 🙂

  • 30 ToonRich // May 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    I hope that leaked kit isnt really our new one!! We need a black and white in the Dortmund mould, now thats a looker!

    As for strikers, I wouldnt mind Ross Mc coming in but not as the main man, and not at anything over £5-6mil!
    Arma and Perez should be given a chance. Having seen the video of all Arma’s goals; his off the ball movement, touch and finish are better than everything we have at the moment, give him the #9 and watch him flourish 😉

  • 31 nufc786 // May 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Personally I think we should just add Glenn Murray… He will be cheaper and has experience in the championship.. Armstrong, perez and mitro and Murray

  • 32 Novocastrian66 // May 23, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    He’s 30 this year, therefore £12m is too much. Cannot knock his record, but I do not see him as a long term option.

  • 33 AncientC // May 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    It’s possible that Rashford could be available for loan in the summer. Man Utd look to have got Ibrahimovic, and with Mourinho preferring senior players, it could be another Lukaku type situation.

    Depending on how big of a contract that Rasford gets, we could be one of only a few clubs that could cover his wages in the Championship.

  • 34 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 23, 2016 at 9:40 PM


    Championship goal machine who essentially will replace Doumbia in the squad probably for about the same wages !

    He has pace , workrate and scores all types of goals he can also play wide left in a 4231/433 which is most likely going to be Rafa’s formation of choice

    He can also score free kicks and can cross a ball the only negatives are his age and transfer fee but why should we care about that as fans? We need some proven Championship experience big time up front and we can afford the transfer fee no bother!! Why risk it all just having Perez , Mitro and Armstrong up front who may not end up being prolific ?

    Some of this goals this season :

  • 35 Lincoln toon // May 23, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Now then, long time reader but first time poster. Great article in the chronicle. Just wondered what everyone else’s views are on it. Will give my thoughts on it in due course. Completely personifies the farcical policies and structures of the club.

  • 36 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 23, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    See Siem De Jong has been talking about maybe having to go back on loan next season to Ajax…..

  • 37 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Poor Jib……. He knows so little and yet he knows it so fluently.

  • 38 NezzaNUFC // May 23, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Why go for Ross when we have Mitro, Perez and Arma?

    you’s do know Rafa plays a 4231 right?

    All 3 of our young strikers offer something special and under Rafa I can see Perez and Arma becoming an Aguero type player.

  • 39 NezzaNUFC // May 23, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Rafa loves the pacey strikers ( Perez and Arma ) so know doubt he will be building a team around these two lads this season.

    At the moment he has Aarons and townsend on the wings to support and assists the strikers but he needs a playmaker in the middle who has a good eye and offers both in attack and defense? maybe Hughes?

    But his main focus should be to improve the back 5 (including GK) starting with the wing backs first, Chancel and Lescelles will be first choice CB so he needs another 2 to compete for places, 2 RB and LB unless he keeps Anita at RB which he has been superb playing there and maybe giving Haidara a shot at LB but again have another LB and RB to compete against the current wing backs.

    Thoughts anyone?

  • 40 NezzaNUFC // May 23, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Saying that guys would you’s think Rafa could get the best out of Thauvin?

    Rafa has managed young players like him before and made them very good if not great.

    Players he brought in at Liverpool

  • 41 NezzaNUFC // May 23, 2016 at 10:45 PM

  • 42 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    My concern with Adam turning into the new Aguero is that he will be 20 in February and is yet to score a single goal above League One level.

  • 43 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    BandB……. He does seem to have the attributes to be a good goal scorer with the right service. He needs to play on the shoulder of the last defender and be played in with a pass he can run onto.

    I did hear some rumours that he has been deemed not robust enough to make the grade at PL level but I hope he stays and is given a chance.

  • 44 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 11:07 PM


    I’m sure he’ll score goals in the right league, but there is nothing in his rate of development so far to suggest he is any kind of prodigy.

  • 45 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Yes. I agree he has yet to prove himself at the higher level but he does look like a natural finisher so maybe if he isn’t moved on, then a season in the championship will allow him to establish himself ready for when we are promoted.

  • 46 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Aguero, for example, was the £23 million star of the Atletico Madrid team at the same age, scoring 19 goals to become La Liga’s third top scorer of the season.
    Adam is going to have to get a wiggle on.

  • 47 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    You might draw similar comparisons between Perez’ arrival and Arma’s return? I doubt Rafa will be banking on him at all, and at 19 he’s had half a great season one in league one, and half an indifferent one, so neither am I. Plenty of hope though, if a little less expectation, and more power and every opportunity to him.

  • 48 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Completely agree Jimmy. A little less hype, and hope he takes his opportunities.
    I can’t imagine Benitez thinks Armstrong is his Championship winning goalscorer at present.

  • 49 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Band. Aguero is obviously a very special player . If wor Adam comes anywhere close then we’ll have a very special player on the books. Arma is hopefully from that mould of the smaller, stockier player with a low centre of gravity and great balance. Suarez for me is an even better example ( he’s not biting at the moment) so it is possible for the shorter players to make the grade.

  • 50 GeordieTwo // May 23, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Apparently Adam is a prodigy, but only in skittles…. So…. I’m not sure where that leaves us for goal scorers.

  • 51 GeordieTwo // May 23, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    He does have a fine, big heed however….

  • 52 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 11:38 PM


    I cannot deny he is the same size and build as Aguero and Suarez.

  • 53 Hail Wor Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Armstrong has one important factor in his favour – he is very durable. Can’t recall a significant lay-ff through injury, if any, which is one of the main hindrances to young players development. Hopefully that continues and he gets 10-15 next season. Realistic target I think given he probably won’t play every match.

  • 54 bettyswallocks // May 23, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    BandB …. We can only hope that it works out and he comes through according to our hopes.

  • 55 GeordieTwo // May 23, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    My hopes are very high for him, especially with the management of Rafa. I think he will have a breatkthrough season.

  • 56 loonie-toon // May 23, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Just read Everton planning 40 mill swoop for now heart

  • 57 loonie-toon // May 23, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Joe hart ment lol

  • 58 GeordieTwo // May 23, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    I like Perez’s chances to show great improvement as well.

  • 59 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    …..and sign another striker until such time as he does.
    The blog was full of “we don’t need *****, we’ve got ******” back at the start of this season of runaway success.

  • 60 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    This is not a typical relegation because of the riches about to be injected into the EPL. It would seem a false economy to willingly weaken a squad that is EPL quality, and so put at risk an immediate return which would be disastrous for the club and the owner.

    The squad is 6 to 8 players away from a very good EPL squad, but you’d expect wouldn’t be carrying anyone on the current roster in a Championship campaign.

    I imagine Ashley would be willing to finance the wages of the current group, in the hope and expectation of an immediate return, and then strengthen.

    It’s possible we’ll see only a little tweaking.

  • 61 Our Toon // May 23, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Let’s not forget the prodigal son “arma” went 1 goal in his last 20 games, most point to the fact Coventry got rid of players hence the dip, I think it coincided with opposition managers having more footage of him and working the lad out. He’s a decent prospect but nothing that screams superstar from what I’ve seen. He’s had a good season in league 1 let’s keep that in perspective

  • 62 GeordieTwo // May 23, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    I think with Rafa in charge we’ll get more than just a tweak jimmy mate. I think we’ll get somewhere between a substantial change and a full blown rebuild. Sissoko will leave. As will Wini and Janmaat. De Jong out the door along with Krul and Colo and Saylor. All have to be replaced.

  • 63 bettyswallocks // May 24, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    B….. There are lots of opinions on this blog about which players are good enough . I think we can afford ourselves a little breathing space in the Championship for Rafa to decide who will and who will not make the grade. If he decides Armstrong has no long term future with us then I think we have to respect his judgement however we as fans may feel.

  • 64 jimmysmith // May 24, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Yeah, I think a major overhaul is coming, but it might come at then of our Championship season. Those players you mention G2 categorically do not have to be replaced, but sure they might. I actually hope not, with one or two exceptions.

  • 65 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 12:06 AM


    Luckily for us, Rafa probably isn’t relishing the masochistic challenge of trying to get us promoted with a squad of returning loanees.
    Six to eight short of a very good EPL squad is a relegated squad. Evidently.

  • 66 jimmysmith // May 24, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    We have too many number 10’s though, so that’s an area we can perhaps prune, to strengthen elsewhere.

  • 67 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    It was the same at the end of last season’s disaster.
    Two weeks without a match and we are world beaters again.

  • 68 bettyswallocks // May 24, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Band……. Unless some of these loanees are given opportunities at some point to prove they can cut the mustard then what is the point of keeping them on the books indefinitely. I think Rafa will be making some radical changes to our academy and fringe players will undoubtedly be quickly assessed and some unfortunately will be moved on. If Armstrong is a victim of this cull then we’ll have to align with Rafa and look at the bigger picture.

  • 69 Sazzer // May 24, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Early days of the transfer window. So it’s hard know what we need until we have good idea who will stay.

    If Rafa stays then there should be better long-term options available than McCormack.

  • 70 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 12:29 AM


    There are people saying “bring back Sammi, and Vuckic and Biggie (wish we’d never sold Abeid) and we’ll walk this league.”
    Why? It won’t happen.
    We are likely to have a world class manager so hopefully hapless teenage Football Manager syndrome isn’t going to be the daily fare for the next three months.
    All of our players are bloody world beaters until someone blows the whistle and asks them to play football.

  • 71 bettyswallocks // May 24, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    BandB……. It boils down to trusting Rafa to make those decisions. I’m sure that flogging a dead horse in order to provoke a response won’t be in his remit .

  • 72 one fine day // May 24, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    New shirt ?
    What’s with the yellow ? (A reference to e spinless?)last time we went down we had the deck chair yellow away kit too .
    Change the trim to blue and loose the hideous wan@a from the front and its ok .
    If only el Gordo hadn’t pi@@ed of Adidas
    on McCormack ..horses for courses I sy a two year contract scores for fun in This league .
    It will give us time to bring Arma though and see if he has what it takes pls mitro may learn from him about mobility .with extra games and hopefully a cup run we will need players who can go the distance.
    If we go up he has a year to show us what he can do so nothing to loose from both sides .

  • 73 BandB // May 24, 2016 at 1:04 AM


    If you lose one game in five in that league you will struggle to get automatic promotion.
    Brighton lost JUST five (just over one game in 10) and are still stuck for another season.
    It is a strong division and there are plenty of teams we wouldn’t fancy taking all six points from even if we retained the entire first team squad.

  • 74 jimmysmith // May 24, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    It’s very doubtful that group would have been relegated had Benitez had them from the beginning of the year, more soil he’d had them from the time Pardew left. I think the incompetence surrounding the group had a far greater impact, than the shortcomings of the actual group itself. Rafa seemed to agree. He joined us fully confident of keeping us up.

  • 75 jimmysmith // May 24, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    more soil? Yoi! “more so if”

  • 76 expatmag // May 24, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    We appear to have the crux of a decent championship squad but we need to offload some of our higher earners first.

    First of all, offer Aarons a new contract. He coukd be crucual if fit. Give Taylor another 12 months. He could be useful.

    I woukd be looking to selling the following players:

    Cisse, Tiote, Cabella, De Jong, Sissoko, Coloccini, Janmaat, Gouffran, Ameobi, Vukic.

    I would be looking to loan out Thauvin and Wijnaldum for 12 months.

    We need to buy some players with championship experience such as Dunk, Trippier, Ings, Redmond, Rhodes, Ince, Huddleston etc

  • 77 Santon03 // May 24, 2016 at 4:40 AM

    it’s not about hype or high expectations toward Arma, it’s reality.
    We need striker and we are in championship, we can’t afford 11 or 12mil anymore.
    If we lose Janmaat, Sissoko, Gini, Riviere, Gouffran, Tiote, Coloccini, Saylor, Cisse, who can step up to replace them that will be Rafa 1st job.
    Maybe Sterry, Satka, Mbabu, Arma, Heardman, Aarons, Saviet, Roberts, etc. then he will buy to fill in the gap probably he will buy 2 or 3 experience out of contract players.
    I think Janmaat, Anita, SDJ will stay, we still have Shelvey. If Sissoko gone then SDJ will be the captain.
    Many Italian teams when they are in financial trouble or relegation, the players are willing to take wage cut.

  • 78 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 24, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Is today D-Day
    or should I say RAFA-Day
    Could be one of the most important days in the TOON’s history

  • 79 Ron Knee // May 24, 2016 at 6:37 AM


    “You say you want a Rafa-lution,
    Well, you know,
    We all want to change the club.”

    With apologies to John Lennon!

  • 80 Chris // May 24, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    What Ed fails to mention is that the source of this story was the Daily Mail.

    What they wrote was:
    “Aston Villa remain keen on signing Ross McCormack from Fulham but could face competition from Newcastle and Norwich City.

    The 29-year-old has a £12million clause in his contract but that hasn’t deterred Villa who want a proven goalscorer to get them out of the Championship ”

    There was no further mention of either Newcastle or Norwich in that article.

    In other words the author (Simon Jones) thinks that Villa ARE keen on signing him, but he’s really got no idea whether or not any other clubs are interested. The best he can do is to make the assumption that Villa COULD face competition from NUFC and Norwich purely on the basis that they were the other two clubs who were relegated. Crap journalism at its finest!

    Of course none of this matters to Ed, who can never resist the temptation to embellish things, so instead of writing that the DAILY MAIL are SPECULATING that Newcastle United COULD be interested, he writes that there is NEWS today that they ARE interested, and he conveniently avoids naming his source. And by (incorrectly) using the word “news” he seems to be attempting to give the story a bit more credibility.

    I used to enjoy reading the articles on this blog but I stopped taking them seriously a long time ago. In fact it’s got to the point where I try and avoid reading them at all these days because I get quite annoyed when I see the cynical way that Ed manipulates the facts and sensationalises things purely to maximise the number of hits he gets.

    I got sucked in again today by another of his deliberately misleading headlines but I shan’t be allowing that to happen in future.

  • 81 Slank // May 24, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    This is a made up story, no doubt by the player’s agent.

    The club will not be looking at any players until Benetez and his team have established themselves at the club.

  • 82 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Chris for goodness sake grow up! It’s quiet at this time of year and Ed has to keep his advertisers happy so he embellishes the odd headline for a few more hits – so what this is still the best NUFC blog around!

  • 83 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Ron Knee @79 – Lol – very clever 🙂

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // May 24, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    I didn’t realise there was a headline section!

  • 85 hibbitt // May 24, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    could it be today ??

  • 86 magpie6699 // May 24, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    It’s all quiet on the Rafa front. I won’t relax till it’s a done deal. Not interested in idle speculation about who we might or might not buy because that’s going to depend on who is the boss.

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // May 24, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    No updates on It’s going to be the best press confetence for eight years.

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