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Riise Would Be Great Acquisition For Newcastle

John Arne Riise is no longer happy at the number of games he is playing at Liverpool, and he seems to have been marginalized at the Liverpool club this season.


John Arne Riise – would be great at Newcastle United

But that may be great news for Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan, because Riise would be a player who would easily fit into Keegan’s attacking style of play next season. We have to think that Newcastle would be really interested if the Norwegian International became available in the summer.

John Arne spoke to the Norwegian media earlier this week

“I am not happy. I am used to playing in 80 per cent of all the games.”

“But if I don’t get to play as much as I want to I have to make a choice this summer as to whether I should stay or not.”

Newcastle first objective, as usual, is to strengthen the back four in the summer but Keegan seems ready to offer the £3.5M fee for Riise. That would be an excellent acquisition for the club, and Riise would be guaranteed first-team football either at left back or left wing.

27 year-old Riise, who stands 6’1″ tall, has played 228 times for Liverpool and scored 21 goals. He has also played 68 games for his country, Norway, scoring 7 goals for them.

Riise can play on the left side of defense, midfield or attack, has massive experience, and a tremendous left foot with which he has scored some classic goals for Liverpool.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Andreas

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #41

    Imo Enrique should be our no1 LB if we don’t manage to get a player like Phillip Lahm (which we won’t manage btw).

    Riise would be a great back-up LB/LM but since he want to start “80 % of the games” it’s a no-go. Not good enough to start ahead of Enrique and would only sulk as a squad player.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #42

    Riise is tosh.

  • Obafan

    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #43

    I don’t think Riise would be such a big step forward in our search to a new left back.

    I know it is only the Belgian League and the level is not that high, but a player who I really like is DANTE who plays for the best team in Belgium ATM (Standard). He has got technique, is very strong in the air, he is a leader (cool penalty taker), has good positional play and last but not least he is a fighter who wants the best for his team.

    I recently read that he would love to stay in Standard, but that he would consider moving to a stronger league.

  • Yong

    Mar 29, 2008 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #44

    we have Erique, doesnt need Riise anymore, use Edgar as cover wil be enough. spent the money at other position !


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