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 leavesâ€¦ 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 â€“ 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? continuedâ€¦
1 Fernando Torres (pictured)
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 â€“
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?