Of course much of the speculation is merely paper talk and the media being mischievous. It’s something we as fans are surely used to by now. After Kevin Nolan left there was media suggestion that there was to be a player exodus at the club.
I think the press literally read in to Joey Barton’s Tweet in which the player said that he Jose and Jonas would be the next casualties to be turfed out the club. I think at the time Joey was frustrated at the sale of his good friend Nolan and lashed out a bit.
Although there is no hiding that all three players mentioned above are continually linked with moves away from Newcastle. If you add Coloccini to that list you have half of our influential players that the club are allegedly willing to sell, although as a realist I know Jose will probably be off.
Of course Newcastle have been heavily linked with strikers in recent weeks. The club have already secured the services of Demba Ba, a player who was seemingly very eager to join the club, and it’s likely that Alan Pardew will add another striker to the squad this window, with plenty of decent names being linked with a move to Tyneside.
Leon Best has been told he is available for transfer, which in truth surprises me. Leon has been in fine form for Newcastle and went a long way to silencing his critics by contributing with goals at a time of need last season, notably his fine hat-trick against West Ham at St James’ Park.
Best took his chance with both hands and stepped up after the sale of Judas. Personally for me Leon would be ahead of Shola in the pecking order, but the only person who’s opinion of the situation counts I guess is Alan Pardew’s as he picks the team.
One man who hasn’t really got a mention since the end of the season is Peter Lovenkrands. The Danish striker got quite a lot of playing time towards the tail end of the season and produced six league goals last term. Although classy at times and popular around the club Peter maybe isn’t Premier League quality and I just wonder how much the former Rangers man is in the thoughts of Alan Pardew for next season?
Maybe Best and Ranger are only up for sale because the club want to make a bit of money on the pair whilst they are still of good age? I certainly think that’s the case of Leon as I wouldn’t say he’s completely surplus to requirements at the club. Nile on the other hand has seemingly shown the club he lacks desire and willingness.
No doubt Nile has talent, but he’s still very raw. His attitude and application has been questioned not just by Pardew but also previous boss Chris Hughton. Ranger should want to learn and improve at his age but apparently he doesn’t. Look at Carroll, OK he made mistakes off the pitch but there is no denying that he wanted to get better as a footballer. Andy listened to the coaches and has developed into a decent player. Ranger should take note.
My point is that it’s strange that Ranger and Best are allowed to leave ahead of Peter. Maybe all three players are on Pardew’s list of ‘stay if you want to be a squad player, leave if you don’t’. Alan says he intends to speak to a few players and let them know that they won’t be automatic starters next season and if they don’t like that they can leave if they want to.
With Pardew admitting he will use Benny as a second striker next season and another new striker on the cards how far will that push Lovenkrands down the pecking order? I thought it would be interesting to hear your views, because last game I was at I saw a lot of Lovenkrands – 11 replica shirts.
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