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Shefki Kuqi May Not Get Much Playing Time On Tyneside

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has completed the loan signing of Shefki Kuqi  until the end of the season, but it seems he’s been brought in more as simply cover for the other Newcastle strikers.

Shefki Kuqi – emotional and honest player

And with the potentially excellent news today that Shola Ameobi could be back playing in three weeks or so, Shefki may not get too many games on Tyneside.

That’s even more likely to be true, since we expect 19 year-old striker Phil Airey to be knocking on the door when he’s fit again, as he’s looked impressive for the Newcastle Reserves this season, and the local lad has shown he can put the ball into the back of the net.

The 34-year-old Finnish striker had ended his contract with Swansea last month by mutual consent, and it seems a safety first  move by Pardew to bring in some experience, just in case he is needed.

But Shefki, who does a kind of swallow dive when he scores, now joins Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and 19 year-old Nile Ranger as the  Newcastle strike force through the end of the season.

And even if Andy Carroll hadn’t gone to pastures anew, it looks like the Gateshead-born striker will still be out for several weeks, and Newcastle would have been in much the same position for this season.

Of course there is some skepticism on Tyneside, as some have said Newcastle have now brought in an old 34 year-old to replace the iconic Andy Carroll, but that’s simply the very worst way to put it.

With Shola Ameobi back in three weeks or so, Newcastle have a strike force that should be able to score goals, and in any case we have a sneaking suspicion that if Shefki does get on at Newcastle, he’s such an emotional and honest player, the Newcastle crowd could lift his performance.

Remember a certain Antoine Sibierski – who was frowned on when he was brought in from Manchester City in the summer of 2006 by Glenn  Roeder – but left as a folk hero, after scoring some important goals for Newcastle. Antoine just loved it at Newcastle, and the Frenchman was inspired to play very well for the club, and the fans loved him.

All Newcastle fans want to see from any player is an honest 100% committed performance, and from what we can tell Shefki gives that all the time, especially if he plays for Newcastle, the biggest and most famous club he will ever play for in his career.

But we know Newcastle fans will give the lad every encouragement to do his very best (and better?) for the club. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, he’s not a “loan signing” he is a “signing on a short term contract”.

    He will get playing time, but definitely not much.

    Didn’t he used to play for Blackburn, I can see him coming on for the last 15 tomorrow, maybe to nick a winner or add a fifth for the Toon!

    Best and Ranger to start tomorrow and I am certain that tomorrow, Ranger will score.

  • connor_nufc

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Na it will be best and lovernkrands padrew said ranger plays better from the bench

  • Visten

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I love it how the papers say he is a REPLACEMENT for Carroll, they really have been desperate for news this week what utter TOSH.

  • Sinner

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Same formation as the Arsenal one i guess?,Lovenkrands on the right wing and Best as a lone striker.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Just hope we get some sort of result I’ll be happy with a draw

  • super bartooon

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Best. Ranger
    Nolan. Barton
    Enrique. Coloccini Williamson Simpson

    For home games

  • super bartooon

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Survival this term means so much to newcastle next season A fit again ben arfa gosling and possibly 25m pounds to spend mouthwatering hope kuqi does his part and galvanise the team the way a certain old bloke by the name of gary mccalister inspired liverpool

  • ArtyH

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Koochy Koocy is only an insurance policy. He may get some time on the field to protect one of our strikers when we are say 2 or 3 up in a game……….
    I hope he is a flop at the toon….a belly flop, ten times would do…….

  • leedodd

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Bring Kuqi on for the last 20 mins and take the mick out of Blackburn . I think we could be quite suprised with this guy as he has a point to prove and his last chance to shine !!!!!!!!

  • pie man

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m starting to see a bit of sense in this signing! Albeit he wasn’t the exciting superstar of the free agents but he’s honest, won’t rock the boat and might take a bit of pressure off the midfield! Shearer was playing til he was 35 and don’t get me wrong, he’s no Alan shearer but hel have some of these attibutes found in old fashioned target men!

  • MonsterMagnet

    Feb 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Kuqi doing a duet with Robbie Savage. Solid gold.


  • tcbelfast

    Feb 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #12

    big kuqi could come on for 15 minutes or so.looks an awkward big bloke so hopefully he can put the frighteners up the defenders in the last 10/15 minutes of a game,when there all tired.
    lets give the bloke a chance.


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