Peter Crouch has been linked a number of times with Newcastle United throughout his career.
I would never have wanted Newcastle to sign him but no denying that he was an effective, if ungainly, striker.
Indeed, Rafa Benitez paid £7m to buy him for Liverpool from Southampton back in 2005, the forward scoring 42 goals in three seasons before Rafa sold him for £11m to Portsmouth.
Funny that, when you back a manager to buy the players he wants, somebody like Rafa Bentez can bring somebody in who scores goals AND then sell him at a profit.
Peter Crouch has been casting his eye over how each Premier League club will get on this season and what he says about Newcastle United is very interesting.
No doubts about the opinion on his former boss: ‘In Rafa Benitez they have a fantastic manager whose success at the top speaks for itself.’
However, he is clued up to the situation at NUFC…’Clearly the owners are operating to a different agenda to Rafa’s.’
For those Newcastle fans who are so downtrodden by 11 years and counting of Mike Ashley, take note of how Peter Crouch sees it: ‘If they were all pulling in the same direction (at Newcastle United) what could they achieve?’
Whilst most Newcastle fans are worried about the new season, despite the lack of ambition shown by the owner, Crouch’s opinion on our prospects is: ‘They won’t be anywhere near trouble at the bottom but they will be short of the European places.’
Sometimes outsiders can have a better perspective on your team/squad and I do hope that Peter Crouch is correct on this occasion.
However, unless there is a flurry of late incoming decent signings, I find it hard to see anything but a season of struggle, hope I’m proved wrong.
Peter Crouch speaking to The Mail:
“You look from afar and see a club that has everything to take off.
“In Rafa Benitez they have a fantastic manager whose success at the top speaks for itself.
“Every time you go to St James Park, you feel how desperate the fans are for success but you also know they have been unhappy for some time with the ownership.
“Clearly the owners are operating to a different agenda to Rafa’s.
“If they were all pulling in the same direction (at Newcastle United) what could they achieve?
“Until that day arrives they will continue to be in mid-table, heading towards the top 10.
“They look short of goals but I like the signing of Ki Sung-yueng, who’s always impressed me.
“He is a good midfielder with plenty of ability – and those sentiments can also be applied to Jonjo Shelvey. If he kicks on again, I don’t see why he won’t be considered for England.
“They have more than enough to get the results Newcastle need.”
‘HOW WILL THEY FARE?’
“They won’t be anywhere near trouble at the bottom but they will be short of the European places.”