As Peter Lovenkrands leaves for pastures new to Lee Clark’s Birmingham side, all who watched him in a Newcastle shirt will wish him a fond farewell and good luck for the future. A terrific guy, signed in January 2009 after German side FC Schalke released him, Lovenkrands was as committed to the club as they come. During his time at the club, Lovenkrands also became a firm fans favourite, with the famous chant of ,“signed on a free from Germany!”.
He leaves after scoring a respectable total of 29 goals for the club, his most productive period during Newcastle’s stint in the Championship, where he formed a formidable partnership with Andy Carroll. Peter scored 16 goals and helped to guide Newcastle to the Championship trophy and an instant return to the Premiership. Once a player of blistering pace, in his later years at Newcastle he made intelligent runs and was utterly selfless in his work for the team. He was also an able finisher and proved a decent penalty taker during his stay at Newcastle. Not the most talented or gifted player, Lovenkrands nevertheless had a commitment and love for the club which meant that he was well liked and supported. He also proved invaluable to the squad both during that Championship campaign and for the second half of the 2010/2011season after Carroll’s departure to Liverpool in January.
Last season, Lovenkrands was used just sparingly and his total of three goals all came in the League Cup, which was perhaps telling in the decision to release him this summer. Lovenkrands was out of contract and 32 years of age, all contributing to the decision to let him move on and ultimately complete his move to Birmingham this week. Lovenkrands’ most effective days at the top level are past him but who’s to say that he won’t go to Birmingham and set the Championship alight next season?
He’s already done it once, and under the guidance of Geordie Lee Clark, who would bet against him doing it again. The transfer could just prove a spark of genius from Clark but regardless as to whether he is a success for them in the future or not, Newcastle fans wish him well and thank him for his services to the club.
It’s a measure of his popularity at the club that Lovenkrands has even spent the last two weeks engaging in Pre-Season training with Newcastle in order to keep up his fitness.
Lovenkrands is guaranteed a great reception if his path crosses United’s again, if not for his goals tally, but for his passion, tremendous workrate, important goals, and most of all, his love and commitment to the club, thank you Peter.