Which Newcastle players would make up your greatest ever front two pairing?
Whilst trophies have been a ‘little’ hard to come by, Newcastle fans have been fortunate in terms of the quality of strikers seen in recent decades.
This is also at least in part linked to the fact that the transfer spend on attack and defence has been seriously at odds with each other down the years.
The Telegraph have put together a list of the ‘Top 10 best British strike partnerships’ and six of the ten feature Newcastle United players, though not necessarily when they were playing for the Magpies.
The list has been put together by Luke Edwards who covers the north east for the Telegraph, which may in part play some part in the leaning towards our local heroes, and whilst there was no time frame mentioned in the article, all of the strike duos are from the 1970s onwards.
(1) Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)
(2) Gary Lineker and Peter Beardsley (England)
(3) Kevin Keegan and John Toshack (Liverpool)
(4) Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley (Newcastle)
(5) Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham (England)
(6) Ian Wright and Mark Bright (Crystal Palace)
(7) Niall Quinn and Kevn Phillips (Sunderland)
(8) Emile Heskey and Michael Owen (Liverpool and England)
(9) Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton (Blackburn)
(10) Harry Kane and Dele Alli (Tottenham)
This was Luke Edwards’ write-up on two of the partnerships:
Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley:
‘It is not the first time we have seen this dynamic work but few were better suited to playing with each other.
Cole, who formed an even better partnership with Trinidad and Tobago’s Dwight Yorke at Manchester United, was the natural finisher at the start of his career, who quickly realised that if he made the right runs, Beardsley had the passing ability and the awareness to make sure he got the ball where he wanted it.
Cole was prolific, scoring 68 goals in just 84 games for the Magpies, but Beardsley was sublime pulling the strings behind him.’
Peter Beardsley and Gary Lineker:
‘Long before he was sending the Geordies delirious alongside Andy Cole at Newcastle, Beardsley formed one of the best international partnerships of all time.
Lineker was the poster boy of Bobby Robson’s England team, for reasons I do not need to dwell on, but he admits he would never have scored so many had it not been for Beardsley’s guile and skill. Crucially, they scored 11 goals between them at two World Cups
They delivered when it mattered, on the biggest stage of all and that makes them England’s finest strike partnership.’
Obviously the Telegraph are trying to appeal to a wide audience but not sure many /any neutrals would be picking the Mackem duo ahead of the likes of Shearer & Ferdinand or Beardsley & Ferdinand, or even Shearer & Bellamy.
Anything like this is always subjective, so what would be your greatest ever Newcastle strike duo?
(To read the full Telegraph article go HERE)