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Report – Newcastle To Make Second Push For Polish International

Newcastle were first linked with Krzysztof Piatek last November when he banging goals in for Genoa.

He had just joined the Serie A club that summer from Cracovia in Poland for £3.5m. However, at the time of Newcastle’s interest, the striker vowed that his goal was to join a club in the Champions League.

After scoring 19 goals in 21 games, Piatak made a £30m move to AC Milan last January. While not in the Champions League at the time, Milan certainly have a history in the competition and are one of Italy’s preeminent clubs.

The 24-year-old started brightly in Milan, scoring 11 goals in the second half of the season in all competitions. However, the Rossoneri narrowly missed out on a Champions League place by 1 point.

Krzysztof Piatek– celebrating a goal for Milan

This season it just hasn’t worked out for Piatek or his club. Milan are in 11th place in the Serie A table and the Polish striker has managed only 4 goals. Milan have only scored 16 goals in their 17 league games.

They have recently brought former Manchester United and PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club. The 38-year-old played for Milan on loan in the 2010-11 campaign.

The Sun are reporting that Newcastle are in talks to bring Piatek in on loan this month.

However, the 24-year-old has already turned down a loan move back to Genoa as well as to Crystal Palace. According to the Daily Mail , the player will only move to a club of similar stature to Milan but is determined to fight for his place.

That could rule out Newcastle if Piatek only views stature in terms of ambition and league position. The same report says that Diego Simeone is also plotting a move to bring the striker to Atletico Madrid where Piatek would likely jump at the chance to join.

We would love to see Piatek in the black and white stripes of Newcastle even if just on loan for the second half of the season. He’s had a tough time this year in Milan but was stellar in Italy throughout last season.

He’s also a full Polish International with 10 caps and 5 goals in limited opportunities behind striker Robert Lewandowski. We hope there’s something in this but have our doubts that the player would leave Milan for Newcastle at this juncture in his career.

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33 comments so far


    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    This lad has to much ambition to come to us…think its a non starter from the off!

  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Back pedalling now are we? So Ashley took an expensive punt without reference to football buffs? Ah well, we all make mistakes don’t we.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Bill on Joel’s goal against spurs what do you mean it came off a defender? From what I recall that’s not true at all unless I missed something?

    When people say Joelinton is more of a supporting player playing wide of a front 3 etc it doesn’t mean he plays like a typical pacy winger. He is just simply much better carrying the ball towards goal then he is with his back to it or being banked on to be the one in the middle scoring the chances (as he doesn’t have a natural instinct). He has decent enough pace and a lot of strength with decent feet which he has showed on a few occasions. He is also a decent passer of the ball and seems to have good vision.

    At the end of the day he is so low on confidence now he won’t be any use at all in this state (there is a big difference from his first games to what we see now). He needs to be dropped and taken out of the firing line immediately. We have the players to do it with Carroll leading the line and Almiron with Atsu out wide. Bring him back into (hopefully we get there) more confident side.

  • geordietom

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Yesterdays game , we played ok in the first half bad finishing cost us the win we could / should of had at least 3 goals. second half the Rochdale manager made 3 changes what did Bruce do to counter the changes NOWT . they pushed on nearly won it . not good enough off Bruce . does he have a plan b or even a plan c ?…

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    83 it was a good goal v spurs but his application and body language is poor I feel. I would agree to drop him for now if we can.

  • toon22

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6


    Defending Jabba
    It’s blatant the Joe deal was crooked

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley

    Every chant from the away end was picked up on the microphone by BT Sport.

    Not a single anti-Ashley chant.

    Thank you.


  • giimps

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Bruce was tactically outsmarted by a league 1 manager with lesser players (supposedly) and yet by pure luck and good goalkeeping were still in it, the only sensible thing Bruce did was to stay with Dubs in nets, otherwise we would have lost the game imho.

  • wartongeordie

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Ok Joe isn’t playing well but 70-80% of playing well is confidence, is constantly having a go at him from the stands really going to help? he is very young and needs a goal or 2 badly but this constant abuse he gets is not justified, its not like he’s not trying and I for one think he genuinely cares.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa didn’t have a plan B or C.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster I think if you look back to his initial games he had a high work rate and was known for this being one of his strengths in Germany. He seemed to completely down tools yesterday which is not acceptable at all and as I said I think he’s in a complete slump feeling sorry for himself. Get him out of the team now Bruce you clown.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Saying that though, he didn’t have a plan full stop.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Rafa was outsmarted in the cup games.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    A very rare posters quote from me as I’m not a fan of them, but this one takes the biscuit!

    Jan 5, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #100
    The confusion about Joelinton could be something as daft as mis-translation
    any advanced player is referred to as a fußball vorwärts which is what they
    probably called Joelinton and that was interpreted as CF
    A centre forward in German is actually mittelstürmer.

    For a man renowned for spewing garbage on here over the years you have wholly surpassed anything you’ve ever said in the past with this one, I don’t even have to explain why. If you honestly believe that then you are on drugs, if you don’t then can I just ask why you would say that?

  • toon22

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Jabba was desperate to sign Joe
    At the cost of the manager not signing a new deal and apparently 23 million of his own money ?
    Why ?

  • toon22

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16


    He’s desperately trying to defend Jabba

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    My view on Rafa was that he didn’t have a plan B at all and his subs were often terrible and too late to make a difference. What he did have though is a way of making sure the team was so organised and every player clearly understood exactly what was expected. He also had a way of playing defensively but creating decent chances (not lots) when on the counter. I don’t get either of these from Bruce.

  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Bruce . does he have a plan b or even a plan c ?…”

    he has a huge injury list , once they equalised he was probably
    hoping they would go on and win and avoid the replay.

  • giimps

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19

    The chants against the owner have died down due to the fact we’ve got a lovely big sh!tshield in the shape of Bruce.
    We’re on 25 points in the league (no idea how) but playing the worst football , with some of the worst possession and passing stats, the worst goals for column and a squad made up of potential profit not a “team built to succeed” .
    He must be laughing his @rse off at us for filling the ground to watch the turgid dross being served up week in week out…….but Mikey, if one of your boys are reading, see how many season tickets remain unsold next season if there’s no money spent in January, you’ll have to pay people to fill the ground never mind giving season tickets away, even then they would rather walk over broken glass to get away from this toxic Sh!tstorm you have created

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #20

    The 4th plate has crashed to the ground!

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think there has been a mix up I think as it’s been stated the clowns in charge thought that Joelinton had the attributes to lead the line. It’s clear he doesn’t have the natural goal scoring instincts and that’s something you don’t really see many pick up along the way. If we are to have any success with him play him behind or off a leading striker.

  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    I prefaced my comment with “something as daft as”
    You really have no concept of tongue in cheek
    you humourless bore

  • toon22

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Buying Joe looks like it’s got the potential of costing Jabba his adverts in the prem

    Hope the back hander he probably got was worth it

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    This is why it’s not only sticking to boo our players it’s stupid, for certain players it’s just going to make then decline even more, he probably doesn’t want the ball out of fear he messes up, combine that with zero confidence… Really needs the burden took off him…

    I would be over the moon with Piatek I just don’t see it happening in a million years, he will have far offers if Milan are actually going to let him go.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25


    I really hope he wasn’t!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    Ok, it was humour, but compared to your past guff it’s very hard to tell with you.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Giimps the way the fatman will see it is if he spends what Newcastle earn in profits (so no investment from him at all) which will be again leaving us with 60 odd million plus player sales the crowds will come flooding back in expectation. I think if we stay in the league that’s the sort of money that will be given now and he probably thinks that’s enough for everyone to get excited and fill the stadium. He probably doesn’t really care were we finish and is just happy with everything ticking over and him getting to advertise on a global scale.

  • kc2012

    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    On Joelinton once again,

    Maybe he’s just given up hope playing for a manager who doesn’t know what his position is. Put him in a decent team as an attacking mid and watch him flourish. Unfortunately for us our manager and majority of ‘fans’ don’t see it.

    Yesterday when he missed the very easy one on one (put it wide of the post), did nobody notice where he picked the ball up from? He started the move himself driving from midfield and did very well to burst through. That’s not striker play, that’s the mentality of an attack minded midfielder (just like he has been throughout his career before he made the mistake of joining our shocking football club). His goal scoring record is enough to suggest he isn’t a striker and the club knew this but clearly thought they’d try it out and failed. His positioning on the pitch gives everything away, look how deep he drops, it’s instinct for him because that’s what he’s used to.

    The lad can’t finish for anything but he would make a huge difference if we used him correctly. Just like I mentioned with Miggy yesterday.

    ‘Has anyone seen that World class striker for Bayern, I think he’s called Robert Lewendowski? Yeah that’s it why don’t we buy him and stick him at right back and hope it works and if not we’ll get our ‘fans’ to boo him like real supporters.’

    The fact of the matter is Joelinton isn’t to blame. He didn’t put the £40m price on himself. I don’t mind Steve Bruce but he needs to hold his hands up and take responsibility, maybe not for signing him but certainly for constantly putting him upfront, on his own, and making him a target for our ‘amazing fans’ to boo off the pitch.

  • giimps

    Jan 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I agree, as long as the adverts for his tat shops can be seen, whether it’s during games, in the background of protesters against him, in the background of chapters telling him to f@ck off…..he wins, if though, there is no investment in January ( or investment in the wrong players) we will go down again (unless by some miracle Bruce finds a formula to score goals with the players he has )
    I don’t want the club to be relegated but want rid of the owner , I’m not even bothered about Bruce , I just wish he was better as he does not seem to get the best from any of his players (other than the ones who are self motivated)
    How we go about getting the owner out though is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma covered in sh!t

  • c-dog

    Jan 5, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Nagelsmann done an incredible job marketing Joelinton and the fat tub of curry bought it hook line & sinker

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Nufc83 I have criticised rafa in the past just like you have now, for strange late subs and the exact same game plan. You might need a tin hat, although thankfully most on here have softened and are not quite as hard-line taliban as the past

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #32

    But I wouldn’t blame Bruce for playing him yesterday. It was a brave team choice and a good time for Joel to play. I wudnt even be too critical of the miss as he tried to place the ball. It’s more his energy levels and lack of determination that annoy me. Ashley has been mugged badly due to his own greed.

  • bill

    Jan 5, 2020 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #33

    From what I recall the slow motion shows the defender getting to the ball just before Joelinton and hitting it off his foot. In real time it looks like a clean strike, but I’m relatively sure that it wasn’t. Could be wrong, however, it doesn’t take away the fact that he isn’t a striker, or much of anything else to be honest.


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