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Newcastle United – New Hero Please Apply Here

7 years ago

We Need A Hero!

No matter who, no matter when, we all know that Mike Ashley will sell at the right price, but then so will any club.

When even Manchester United is forced to sell up to Real Madrid for one of their best players in Ronaldo, then you need to understand that no club is above selling their superstar.  The trick is to replace them.  Doing so quickly and with adequate quality.

However, there is a clear need for the Geordie faithful to be given a hero to cheer.

If there is no trophy then the next best thing is to have a talisman on the pitch to pin the hopes and dreams to…even if those dreams don’t become reality.  This is what is missing at the club right now ever since Cabaye was sold.

Shearer held the mantle of true idol amongst the fans for so long that there was always going to be an uneasy period of looking for a new hero to emerge after he retired.

Before Shearer there were countless other heroes to worship every Saturday at 3pm.  Ferdinand, Cole, Beardsley, Ginola, Quinn, Moncur, SuperMac, all the way back to Milburn. The fans love to have their own favourites.

Lately though, it is becoming apparent that there is a gap there and that even when a hero emerges, it is now taken with great trepidation to get fully behind them, as it seems we are unable and/or unwilling to hold on to our biggest players that the fans truly get behind.

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Carroll was the first, a local lad, a number 9 and true heir to the Shearer throne in most eyes.  Even if he wasn’t prolific, he was one of our own and therefore someone to pin our flag to.  He was sold, albeit for a ridiculous amount of money, but the nature of the deal was what hurt the most.

However, moving on the fans soon picked a new forward who eventually came in, Demba Ba.  Cisse soon followed and Cabaye, AKA Dreamboat, had the fans all of a flutter with his silky skills and clever passing and running of the entire field.  Ba, Cabaye sold…and so too the dreams of the Geordie nation.

The Hatem Ben Arfa saga has been done to death, he has gone and there is nothing any of the fans can do about it.

However, this was one player who reminded them so much of past glory days, of Ginola and Robert bombing forward, only focused on scoring that goal to get the fans buzzing and out of their seats.  Ben Arfa was seen as that would-be hero for all of the stands to get behind and what’s more, one who seemingly wanted to play for the club, the fans and to bring some semblance of success to Tyneside.  He may have been greedy, selfish…choose your own word.

Where will the next hero come from?

Certainly we are all desperate for one to emerge and release a somewhat gloomy atmosphere and make football fun again…

Will Aarons be the new star?  Will one of the new additions like Cabella or Riviere come good and ignite the crowd?  Or will past history make fans think twice before getting carried away, knowing all too well that their hero will be sold off and not replaced?

We all want someone to light up the stands and gave the fans that thing we all dream of, hope!


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