Shefki Kuqi must feel like he's won the lottery

By Lee Ryder on Feb 10, 11 08:37 AM

He arrives at Newcastle United with expectations as low as they can be for a new face - but for Sheki Kuqi he has been handed a dream chance to enjoy a wonderful swansong to his career at undoubtedly the biggest club he's ever been at.

For the 34-year-old, it must feel like he's won the lottery and when he pulls on the number 42 shirt as a Newcastle player for the first time he knows he can end his journeyman career on a high.

Most of the game's free transfer signings have nothing to lose, there's no big transfer fee around the neck and for Kuqi, even he helps earn Newcastle one point in the last 14 games, he will have played some part - and for what cost?

Kuqi's arrives very much through the back door at Newcastle, there's no big arrival or welcome party and big unveiling at a Press conference.

Certainly his arrival reminds me of Antoine Sibierski and look what happened there?

It's easy to knock the deal.

But Newcastle are desperate for cover, especially with Shola Ameobi out injured and just three senior strikers available in Nile Ranger, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands.

Kuqi started his career in England with Stockport County, before a move to Sheffield Wednesday then a spell at Ipswich followed by a season at Blackburn.

He joined Crystal Palace before heading to German side TuS Koblenz.

Last year he joined Swansea and spent three months on loan at Derby earlier in the season.

Kuqi's contract was then torn up at Swansea and so he arrives at Newcastle.

He's far from a replacement for Andy Carroll and we'll have to wait to see who our next number 9 will be.

But with a bellyflop celebration in his locker and the ability to find the net throughout his career, the next 14 games for Kuqi give him the chance - if he wants to take it - to go out in a blaze of glory.

Scoring goals in front of 50,000 plus crowds after being saved from the soccer scrapheap?

Only in Newcastle eh?


ManontheTyneBridge. said:

He has,nt had the shirt on yet and you lot are bellyaching already. Nobody,s expecting 30 goals a season for goodness sake, he,s a stand-in for a couple of months,and we,ll get what we want at the end of the season.HWTL.

tooneye said:

Before we go slagging this signing off lets remember the first thoughts of the toon army when we got Sibierski. ANd how he wnt on to score some important goals as well as a great work ethic on the pitch. Something for nothing this guy is so we cant complain too much, just be pleasantly surprised instead.
Also who are we to know what these other strikers who are on the free wanted in pay and conditions before we go an about who is avaliable and why we should sign them and how AP has weakened the team, like some silly gits have said.

One more player is better than none at all then how we would whine. Chances are he wil start on sat. Lets hope we dont get any more injuries to our forwards.

toonagain said:

Get in the Kuqi and show them what you're made of, its a big stage full of pride and passion jump on and hope you have a great season; all be it probably off the bench. if you can back evn just half a dozen goals i'll be more than happy...

Luther Blissett said:



Cannyman said:

Last Saturday, the crowd and atmosphere made all our team worldbeaters(even Best). This is this guys chance to go out in glory....He wont be criticized for lack of effort, just skill maybe, but at least he'll put his weight about up front, and draw defenders.
Who does that at the momen?
14 game and the minimum he can do is warm the bench.........but what about the maximum?
Its a Sibierski means to an end......Bravo to Pardew for having the courage to make this no-brain decision, knowing it would be ridiculed.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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