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Newcastle Striker Target Again Asserts Lofty Ambitions

When Newcastle were first reported to have interest in Krzysztof Piatek last season, the striker made it very clear of his ambitions.

At the time, he had just joined Genoa and was lighting up Serie A with an average of a goal a game. As outside interest in him continued to rise, Piatek made the following comments about leaving Genoa:

“If I continue this way, I could sign for a big club. My objective is to play in the Champions League.”

“I don’t come near him now, but I think one day I can reach the level of Robert Lewandowski.

“Genoa are a big club, but not among the strongest teams in Italy right now.

“It’s far easier to score goals at Real Madrid or Juventus.”

Piatek got his move last January, joining AC Milan for £35m. The determined 24-year-old has not lessened his ambitions even while struggling for goals this season.

The Polish international scored just his 5th of the season in last Wednesday’s Coppa Italia win over SPAL.

The Sun is reporting that Piatek will only leave Milan for a club in the Champions League.

His agents have reportedly also been to England, but the player has vowed to stay at Milan rather than move to a Premier League club with no chance at Champions League football next season.

With a price tag over £30m, it’s unlikely that Newcastle were serious contenders for the Polish International this month. At least on a permanent move.

Steve Bruce may also have accepted that an out and out striker may not be on the cards this month. Instead turning his attentions to Inter Milan right wing-back/winger Valentino Lazaro and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.

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22 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 19, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    “The club have a big target that hasn’t emerged yet and Bruce would clearly relish getting one of his game changers close to completion and handing supporters a pleasant January surprise.

    “We’ve heard this before of course…” (Chronic)

  • magpie6699

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Interesting comment from a national with Chelsea player ratings:
    Rudiger 6 “Was bullied by Joelinton …”

  • geordietom

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Munster …

    saw your comment about your Mam , look after her mate i lost my mam when i was 24 . every minute’s Precious with her …

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Sign him, our future American owner wants CL football too..

  • geordietom

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    I voted for Clarke as MOM, after that Fernandez and Almiron would have been the next two I considered.

    Thought all three had great games, shame Almiron got mugged in the first half when about to break free whilst the ref gave nothing.

    A few decisions or non decisions in the first half especially baffled me.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Ritchie hit a fan in the groin with the corner flag celebrating the goal, apparently.

    Danger to his team mates and fans, the boy has problems.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Cheers Tom I always want more time with her but other things get in the way. I showed her a pic of me and the young fella in the new shirts and it reminded her of me as a kid with the roundneck shirt on. She was thrilled. She loves the Toon, Keegan and Bobby Robson. Oddly she liked Dalglish too!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Don;t understand this Lazaro signing after Bruce saying how anybody coming in has to be an obvious improvement on what we have – nothing suggests he is, just another middling RWB and doesn’t have the assets to be a winger. He’d be my 3rd choice after Yedlin and Manquillo.

    Bowen and a ST, that’s all we need.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Problem for SB is that he needs so much investment to get the team more time on the ball and more quality. Its hard to imagine us getting a pricey striker especially after Joel did well yesterday but if we can get Lazaro and a central midfielder with legs and passing ability it will have to suffice with Ritchie covering lwb. I wasn’t blaming Rafa for the crap relationship with Ashley, as twisty face liar Jail said earlier. But Rafa’s approach didn’t work that well and I don’t think his moans about needing miracles to stay up would have been well received by the players. I think Bruce is taking a route that will work better and he is smart enough to play the game. It might be a development that works better for us in terms of assets on the pitch and less political aggro off it.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Háil I dunno but on the vid clips he looks far better on the ball than yedlin. He seems versatile too. I think Fairs Cup said he is excellent? Hope he knows his stuff! Come in Fairs!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Can only think it will be a temp loan, with no real intention to sign him permanently, just string him and his agent along for 6 months and use him as a stop gap, with Yedlin injured and Manquillo to leave before the end of Jan. Only way it makes sense, because he is bang average.

  • geordietom

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Munster …

    your Mam liking Dalglish must of been when he was a Celtic player ?

  • geordietom

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    never saw him play i dont watch video clips as they only show the good bits of the player . never see the crap bits…

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16


    You get some clips now from full matches where it shows every touch a player has during that match. His final ball/cross seems to be good, but general play/buildup not so much.

    You can at least get an impression of a player by piecing a lot of footage together. Suppose it depends a bit on what you want from a RWB, for me Yedlin’s exceptional speed and snappiness in the tackle make him a real attacking asset. He wins loose balls others wouldn’t or gets on the end of them as we saw with his bullet header and can counter to great effect.

    Lazaro might be somewhere between Yedlin and Manquillo’s styles, which may turn out to be a good thing.

    Hope I’m pleasantly surprised, after all scouting team at Inter thought he was good enough.

  • fairscup

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Nah Munster – just on my way out – it was Bowen I was cracking up but we do need a right back/wing back after kraftwerks performance yesterday – cheers, off out now

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Why was that a brilliant defensive display and not a crime against football. Why not the uppity plea’s not to play like that at home.

  • giimps

    Jan 19, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    The ref was atrocious, all we want is consistency, consistency between referees but more importantly , consistency of decisions on the pitch……there was neither yesterday….I’m still calling for a European pool of referees where no referee can officiate in their own country, this would end the big team bias and hopefully balance to the games, VAR has gone some way to this (it still needs a lot of work though) ,the only trouble is that only 2 or 3 English referees would be good enough to get into the pool.
    Back to the game, Joe seemed much stronger in his battles with the chelski defenders, he ran , jumped, and tackled harder than he has in the last couple of months, I would say he is back to being what he was like when he first came.
    St Max was knackered at the end (for obvious reasons) but put the best cross in of the 2nd half , Shelvey to Joe when he hit the crossbar was decent too in the first half……snatching the win was very welcome if not deserved, a point was a good result vs a top 4 side, all 3 points are like gold dust for us,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    I anticipate an tirade of insults as you can’t answer that.

  • giimps

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    I see “Super Frankie Lampard” is crying for better attacking players now the transfer ban has been lifted, maybe not such a good idea letting Eden Hazard go (I think it was agreed he could go before he got there though so probably not his fault).
    So even after breaching the rules 150 times on recruiting academy players over the last few years (which is why they were given the ban in the 1st place) , they still can’t find the quality needed to break down a competent defense.
    Maybe Roman will fund another 1/2 billion to get them back to competing with scouserpool and Shitteh

  • geordietom

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Hail …

    cheers or that advice mate …


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