Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Man Less Likely

Carrying on from the previous post at which I looked at the players who could possibly don the number nine shirt in Tyneside, I would like to conclude with a few slightly more outlandish suggestions.
Without looking to deeply at these options there are a few outside chances that, whilst their quality is undeniable, are still only outside shots to make the move to the North-East.

Option #4 - The Outsiders

Robbie Keane
What the fans said:
Kevin Reeve - "Robbie Keane, he scores goals for fun and clearly not wanted at spurs"

The Irishman has made a loan move to Celtic and his time at Spurs seems set to end one way or another. Undoubted quality but has struggled to find form recently.

Attitude: 6/10
Availability: 7/10
Goalscoring: 8/10
Suitability: 9/10
Team Work: 6/10

Overall likelihood of signing: 7/10

Lukas Podolski
What the fans said:
Keith Morioka - "I love Podolski, I even have his FC Köln shirt, but he's been crap this year. Bad form, and at times lazy."

The Bayern Munich striker has been pushed out of the first team of the German Bundesliga outfit and while his quality would be welcome, his wages would not.

Attitude: 5/10
Availability: 7/10
Goalscoring: 7/10
Suitability: 6/10
Team Work: 5/10

Overall likelihood of signing: 6/10

Craig Bellamy
What the fans said:
Stephen McClenn - "Would have Bellamy back anytime..."

His move to Manchester City was more to do with Mark Hughes than anything the new owners at Eastlands were offering him. Will he be frozen out by Mancini? Is there really a way back to SJP?

Attitude: 2/10
Availability: 7/10
Goalscoring: 8/10
Suitability: 6/10
Team Work: 5/10

Overall likelihood of signing: 5.5/10

Editor's Choice
My personal choice would be Kevin Doyle. I've always been a fan of the Irishman and he plays the traditional striker role very well. Whilst he doesn't have exceptional pace what he does have he utilises well to beat defenders. Decent in the air and an confident finisher one-on-one he appears to be the complete striker.

What wins it for me is the value for money you get with the deal. I would expect the Wolves striker to be available for around £6 million in the summer which is a better price than I would expect to pay for any of the other players highlighted in this article.

He may not be a world class striker but it would be a refreshing change for the Toon to build slowly toward safety rather than go all-out on a big name signing who costs the Earth and fails to deliver the goods.

Here's to a better, possibly Irish, future.

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