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Striker’s Performances Will Not Have Helped Rafa With Mike Ashley

It’s safe to say that our number one striker target in January – Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen – did not have a good World Cup for Denmark.

He lost his place in the starting line up with some inept performances and yesterday when he came on in the second half against Croatia he looked mediocre at best.

Denmark lost 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.

But to have paid £20M for him in January would have been a waste of money.

And that will not help Mike Ashley in completely trusting Rafa with Newcastle’s money in transfer windows.

Nicolai Jorgensen – in action for Denmark

That could continue to be a problem with Rafa signing on long-term on Tyneside – he wants complete control of all transfers and how the money is spent.

£20M would have been money down the drain for Newcastle had we signed him last January,

The Dane looks a decent holdup player but has difficulty scoring goals,

And that’s a good description of a striker we already have at the club – Joselu.

The Spanish striker is useful when we are hanging on for a win and he can come on and play well in holding the ball and calming things down.

He did that a few times last season and Joselu’s a better technical player than he’s given credit for – but he cannot put the ball in the back of the net.

Neither can Jorgensen.

As most fans are saying that was a bullet we dodged.

18 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    I think atsu has to go. do you want 6m to buy a new full back or a 3rd choice lw who will end up frustrated or on loan in championship

  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    It wasn’t the penalty miss that convinced me we need to pass on Jorgensen. It was the hesitation to strike first time when he had a chance on goal. Not what a proper instinctive striker would do.

  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    This story is based on the presumption that the press reports were based on fact.

    Anyway, who the hell does Ashley think he is? Has his judgement proved to be beyond question? Will he accept that his errors of judgement have cost the club a fortune? Will he accept that appointing Wise, Llambias, Kineer, Pardew, McLaren and Carver, going on the drink while waiting for the Mansours to get in touch and taking the pi$$ out of Keegan were ill-judged decisions?

    Ashley epitomises a very dangerous pairing of arrogance and ignorance and should allow Rafa some slack – we all make mistakes, don’t we Mr Ashley?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Rafa does it again.
    Saves £20m by not buying Jorgensen.
    Master tactician.
    Use the money as a down payment on a striker that knows how to score.
    SJP could be an electric place to be next season.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Lesh, I know mate, you’d think he owned the bloody club… 🙂

  • martoon

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    The next Mike Williamson @1 – I can’t agree about Atsu. If you remember he had a very good pre-season and start to the season and then his form went down-hill. We now know this was due to a long term injury which he has now had an operation on and hopefully be fit for this pre-season – he should be given a chance.

  • Ben Afri

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    I doubt very much Ashley pays close attention to football.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Jorgenson would have been another in the Guivarch, Tomasson, Luque (?) mould. A lot of money for cr^p.

    This new young lad looks more what we need.

    I see El Mhanni is still on the books, thought he’d gone already.

  • martoon

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    lochinvar @4 – When you think about it only paying £5m for Joselu instead of £20m for Jorgensen was a genius bit of business and yet people still complain about Joselu 😉

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Not defending Jorgensen but you really can’t judge a player based on the World Cup or the euros.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Wonder if we’ll keep Mbemba and Saivet by default with nobody wanting them.

    Still think we could get some useful mileage from them.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Martoon, agree on that matey. He had that fatty pad removed from his knee which was clearly holding him back. He might not be quite ready by the start of the season either, despite starting his preseason earlier than most. He’s making a great effort to get fit in time and showing the kind of commitment we love in our players.
    We should see that extra yard of pace back that he showed earlier in his career – the reason Chelsea signed him.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    So we are seemingly looking at kenedy and selling Ritchie to replace him with Townsend. Just curious, would people prefer Townsend or the previously linke traore at boro?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14


    Perhaps not but it’s the places where they should be shining, if they can’t do it there I’d be very dubious about them doing it in the EPL which is probably a tougher ask!

  • c-dog

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    The club needs to ramp up its production of edited YouTube compilations of mbemba. They can make any player look sensational.

  • ben.g

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    £20mill was what his club wanted for him. We bid 14 or 15 mill and did not increase the offer.

    Jorgensen was on fire in the Dutch league when we were biding for him.

    Any player can just lose form. Imagine being Swansea paying £30 odd mill for Wilfred boney!

    Chelsea had Morata drop off as well.

    A lot can happen in football

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Unfortunately, not everyone can or will shine at a World Cup. If they do, it still doesn’t mean they’ll hack the premier league. There’s many players who haven’t done well at a World Cup but done well in the premier league and vice versa.

  • posada

    Jul 2, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    If they want Jorgenson, particularly at 20 million, there is something seriously wrong with recruitment at the club.


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