Newcastle United need a new No.9. Which five players should be on its shopping list?

Ollie Irish

7th, July 2006


Newcastle United
are just eight days away from a third-round Intertoto Cup tie (contain yourself), probably against Lillestrom of Norway. Trouble is, they have no fit strikers: Alan Shearer’s retired, Michael Owen’s crocked long-term and Shola Amoebi is struggling to recover from a hip injury. That leaves… Albert Luque. Is that the sound of Jackie Milburn turning in his grave?

Freddie Shepherd, crack out the chequebook, cause you need a new No.9 – here are the five strikers you should put at the top of your shopping list:

Newcastle United need a new No.9. Which five players should be on its shopping list? continued…


1 Fernando Torres
Young, fearless and proven at the highest level. Atletico Madrid would have to sell at the right price.

2 Miroslav Klose
Underrated and rather unfashionable, but the German’s goalcoring record speaks for itself. Again, surely Werder Bremen would have to accept a big offer.

3 Dirk Kuyt
The blonde Dutchman didn’t have a great World Cup but I think his all-action, physical style would be well-suited to the Premiership.

4 Carlos Tevez
A little animal. Fans would worship him, although I’m not sure the Argentine would settle in the north-east.

5 Darren Bent
If you’re looking for a young English striker, it
has to be Bent, who was unjustly overlooked for England’s World Cup
squad. He has it all –
pace, strength and an eye for goal. Needs to work on his first touch, but has huge potential.

Anyone you’d like to add, Toon fans?

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  1. Rob P says:

    Well, Freddy is apparently courting that well known striker David Beckham! I think he needs to get his priorities in order.
    Kuyt and Bent are the only ones from that list I can imagine being tempted to St James’s.

  2. Dave says:

    I’d have to agree, though I think Nikola Zigic would be a decent option at a bargain price.