Steve Howey was a struggling striker at Newcastle United.
Kevin Keegan came in and turned the Sunderland born player into a very very good centre-back who went on to play for England.
Steve Howey now regularly appears in the media talking about Newcastle United and obviously he generally knows his stuff, having been brought up in the area and playing for a good part of his career at St James Park.
However, he has fallen into the classic football pundit’s trap of making himself look a bit clueless when talking about Newcastle’s hunt for a striker.
Steve Howey talking to the Chronicle:
“Forward wise, Daniel Sturridge has been mentioned.
“Torres has been mentioned, who obviously has the connection with Benitez.
“I’m not too sure someone like Giroud would like it up here, it’s probably a bit too cold for him to be honest!”
Of the three strikers mentioned, Olivier Giroud would surely be a brilliant signing, in the very unlikely event of Mike Ashley allowing Rafa to go for him, plus of course the Arsenal striker wanting to come here.
Squeezed out by the competition from the likes of Lacazette and Sanchez, Giroud is still a class act aged 31.
Despite only starting one Premier League match this season and playing 359 PL minutes in total, he has scored four Premier League goals, as well as three in the Europa League.
Since signing for Arsene Wenger, Giroud has been involved in nine games against Newcastle and the Gunners have won them all. The French international scoring eight PL goals against the Magpies, including three at St James Park.
Obviously the cold in the frozen north hasn’t hampered Olivier Giroud too much.
Actually, if Steve Howey had checked up, Giroud comes from France, but not the St Tropez bit.
The Arsenal striker actually comes from the Rhone-Alpes region, next to Switzerland, a region which is home to the largest skiing area in the world and which has hosted the Winter Olympics three times.
So rather than shivering Faustino Asprilla style with a massive coat on, he’d be more likely to be walking down the Bigg Market in t-shirt and shorts, if he signs…
The climate is not the biggest enemy for Newcastle United when trying to sign players, I think you will find Mike Ashley holds that ‘honour’.