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Andy Carroll is not the forward Newcastle United need

Andy Carroll in action for West Ham

Carroll – Linked with a move back to Newcastle United in past 48 hours

Newcastle United have made a blistering start to the summer transfer market with 6 new quality signings. Mathieu Debuchy completed his long-awaited move to Arsenal on Thursday in a £12m move, as Newcastle announced his replacement, Daryl Janmaat, simultaneously. One World Cup finalist out, another one in. With the club have completed the signing of a much-needed creative midfielder in Siem de Jong and indeed Rémy Cabella – the attention now turns to a key striker. Emmanuel Rivière signed the dotted line at St. James’ in recent days however, it is unlikely that NUFC want to settle with him, an injured Papiss Cissé, and an untested summer recruit, Ayoze Perez as their main options up front this season. We need a marquee forward so to speak, and although I am not who lives for big money transfers, we will need to stump up a solid wad of cash if we want to sign a standout forward. First things first – Andy Carroll is not this forward.

Many of us will remember the day Andy left for Liverpool in a staggering £35m move. Newcastle were left with a swollen bank account, but had to continue on their season with Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands up front, aided by the occasional goal from Shola Ameobi. The team coped well without Carroll, but he was loss, no doubt.

Fast-forward to 2014 and Newcastle are again being linked with a move for the England capped forward. The 25 year-old completed a £15m move to West Ham just a year ago and despite the large outlay from the London [Read more →]

July 20, 2014   3 Comments

Which striker do Newcastle United target this summer?

Newcastle United targets

Target – Which of these forwards do Newcastle United target in the summer window?

Thankfully Newcastle’s win at QPR means fans of the club can already look forward to the summer transfer window with a certain relief, knowing that we’ll be able to go out and buy some proper players to strengthen the squad. Five players were recruited in January, one of which scored the all-important goal to keep us in the division, Yoan Gouffran. However, there is likely to be a couple of departures in the Newcastle team, with Cabaye sought after and tentative enquiries made for a certain Fabricio Coloccini as well. If there is one place that needs strengthening, it’s our forward line. Since Demba Ba departed for Chelsea, Cissé has played up top on his own, even more alienated and disconnect from midfield than before Ba’s January move. The #9 has scored goals and important ones such as last minute winners against Stoke and indeed Fulham, but he needs a partner who can help him out, as well as score a few of his own. Andy Carroll has enjoyed a good season at [Read more →]

May 14, 2013   14 Comments

Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United – Digesting a dire showing

Kevin Nolan celebrates after scoring against his old club

Nolan – Came back to haunt NUFC with a classic poachers effort before the break

There are a lot of Newcastle United fans overreacting right now, following a disappointing defeat to West Ham United. However, to say that Newcastle United performed quite miserably today would be a slight understatement. Up against old boys Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, it was almost written in the script that one of them would net against us, but to grab the three points is another matter.
In quite a sluggish first half, neither side showed much ambition to be fair. Newcastle tried to release Ben Arfa on countless occasions and despite all his classy dribbling, and checking in and out, no one looked for the ball. Moves [Read more →]

November 11, 2012   2 Comments

Demba Ba set for Liverpool – pigs sighted in full flight

Demba Ba celebrates after scoring his second goal against Reading

Ba – Top scorer in the Premier League at the minute with some fine efforts

If you were to believe everything in the papers, Demba Ba would have left NUFC in January 2012, then again in the summer and now he’ll be set for his third departure in the New Year. As well as that, we’d have been left with Cheick Tioté, Papiss Cissé, Yohan Cabaye, Tim Krul and even Fabricio Coloccini. Sadly, it has come to a stage where it is no longer funny, or even maddening – quite frankly because papers (particularly tabloids) are so desperate for a headline, that they’ll regurgitate any old nonsense just to sell a few stacks. Simply by adding 2+2 [Read more →]

September 30, 2012   8 Comments