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Scottish Premier League Reserve Isn’t Answer To Newcastle Goals Crisis

8 years ago

After losing the goals of Loic Remy as well as the creativity & goals of Yohan Cabaye and the soon to be departing Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle fans are left wondering where striking salvation will come from in the coming season.

One place where it is quite safe to say it won’t be coming from, is the substitute benches of the Scottish Premier League.

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Yet I have just read something in the Chronicle that will be music to Alan Pardew’s ears, along with everybody else at St.James’ Park;

‘Geordie boy Adam Campbell will be ready to grab his chance with Newcastle United when the Magpies return to pre-season training…

‘The Chronicle understands Campbell has been putting in extra work during his holidays to catch the eye of Alan Pardew.’

I can just see it now, with no credible forwards signed, after a few days of training we’ll be hearing how Adam Campbell is ‘flying’ in training.

It isn’t that any of us don’t want Campbell to succeed, of course we do. Who wouldn’t want another great Geordie striker in the number nine shirt?

What we can’t do though is hide from reality, or more importantly, we have to do our best and not let the likes of Pardew and Ashley do exactly that.

Quality forwards have to be signed to avert disaster and players such as Campbell must be allowed to develop at their own rate and be given every help to do so.

After heading off to St.Mirren last season, Campbell ended up starting only seven Scottish Premier League matches and spent most of his five months sitting on the bench.

Surely anybody with a brain can see it would be simply madness to throw a striker into the Premier League who couldn’t get a game for St.Mirren.

Conor Newton was also on loan from Newcastle last season and was a first team regular at St.Mirren, arguably their most influential player. After being released by Newcastle this summer he has been snapped up by Rotherham just before they won the League One play-offs.

Just look at a striker like Gary Hooper, scores 48 goals for Scunthorpe in two League One seasons, becomes a hero at Celtic with 82 goals over three seasons in Scotland, then comes back down to reality when he tries it in the English Premier League – only 6 league goals for Norwich last season, plus two in the Cups.

Campbell needs to get out on loan and get some experience and confidence at a lower level, which doesn’t involve sitting on a bench.

Newcastle need to buy some ready made goals.

Mixing these two things up could and would be fatal.


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