Newcastle After Profilic Championship Goalscorer


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.



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87 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Is he any better than what we have now?

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 23, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #2

    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”

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 23, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #3

    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

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  • santon3

    May 23, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Betty

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

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Betty
    Still old shyte
    Try again

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    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

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  • Jib

    May 23, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail

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

    Give it up and save yourself further humiliation

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 23, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #11

    dammit I thought it was a Charlie Austin article…

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 23, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #12

    JB. Fork is out ha ha

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Tony

    🙂

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail

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

    Personally think we should cut him loose and look elsewhere

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 23, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #16

    How’s it going Jack mate

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Tony

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

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Just been looking at the reserves and kids listed as forwards on our books.
    Heardman
    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.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #19

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

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Essex

    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

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #21

    *Toney*

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #22

    JB,
    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Been on the Estrella jib?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Jack
    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!!

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  • JackButler

    May 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail

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

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #26

    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.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #28

    JB,
    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.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #29

    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. 🙂

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  • ToonRich

    May 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #30

    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 😉

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  • nufc786

    May 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #31

    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

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 23, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • AncientC

    May 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #33

    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.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 23, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #34

    YES PLEASE!!

    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 :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSeRXmlbSE8

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  • Lincoln toon

    May 23, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rise-fall-graham-carr-man-11364194

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 23, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 23, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 23, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 23, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #39

    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?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 23, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #40

    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

    http://liverpoolfc.wikia.com/wiki/Rafael_Benitez/Transfers

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