Who will score the goals this time?
In 2009/10, the last time Newcastle United were in the Championship, there were some quite remarkable goals statistics.
In their 46 Championship matches, Newcastle scored 90 goals, 56 at home and 34 away.
Two other mad statistics are that Newcastle had 20 different goalcorers (including the three opposition players who scored own goals), plus no player managed 20 goals despite the 90 goal total.
Four players scored double figures, with Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan joint top scorers with 17 each.
Peter Lovenkrands next with 13 – a really strange one as Mike Ashley refused to allow any out of contract players to be offered new deals after relegation, so the Danish winger/striker was released. Then in September 2009 Ashley relented and allowed Chris Hughton to have that extra body in attack.
Shola Ameobi scored double figures which is remarkable enough but they were scored despite him starting only 11 matches (plus 7 as sub)!
Other notable scorers were Damien Duff scoring at West Brom in the opening game before doing a runner, Nile Ranger scoring a couple and Marlon Harewood notching five when on loan from Villa.
Here is the full list and then some analysis of what we could expect from the current squad….
2009/10 Newcastle United Championship scorers:
17 Andy Carroll
17 Kevin Nolan
13 Peter Lovenkrands
10 Shola Ameobi
4 Danny Guthrie
5 Marlon Harewood
4 Jonas Gutierrez
4 Ryan Taylor
3 Wayne Routledge
2 Fabricio Coloccini
2 Nile Ranger
1 Steven Taylor
1 Joey Barton
1 Jose Enrique
1 Fabrice Pancrate
1 Danny Simpson
1 Damien Duff
3 Own Goals
If Newcastle United kept exactly the same squad, I reckon this is roughly how it could look in terms of goals scored…:
By my guesstimate I think Newcastle are maybe something like 20 goals short of that 90 goals total seven years ago, considering this squad of players scored only 44 Premier League goals I think it would be unrealistic to be more than doubled – despite the lower standard and eight extra matches.