Players | Managers | Clubs | Grounds | National Teams | Leagues & Cups
    The Beautiful Game
    Football Stories


A replacement for Shearer? - 28/04/2004

A replacement for Shearer?
Drogba - a class act
   Alan Shearer
   Newcastle United
   Aston Villa

Looking back to the Marseille game, I was really impressed with their centre-forward Didier Drogba. He lead the line fantastically and I was surprised at his pace and strength. He’s scored 18 times in his first season at Marseille and at 25 years old, he’s got time on his side. It’s been debated for quite some time now, but if there’s one player who Newcastle can get to replace Alan Shearer - this could be the man! For me, he has the potential to step into Al’s shoes. He can play a similar game to Al, and if Newcastle are looking to keep the same style of play, he could fit in without causing much disruption. Both Milan clubs have been linked to him, but Newcastle shouldn’t be put off by that. The major problem may be persuading the Marseille camp to sell, Jose Anigo obviously rates him highly…but money talks and I’d love to see arrive at St. James Park.

Nothing has changed

The results over the last few games have only strengthened my belief that the final Champions League spot will be won at Anfield on the last day of the season. Villa, although playing well, must surely run out of steam. Both Newcastle and Liverpool won massive games last weekend and we effectively cancelled out the Scouser’s win at Old Trafford with an equally impressive display against Chelsea. Now Newcastle go to City and Liverpool entertain Boro. On paper Liverpool have the easier game - travelling to Manchester and playing a City side desperate to avoid relegation will be tough.

It’s just bad luck!

I’ve had a few people ask me about the training methods employed at Newcastle. They seem to think that the recent muscle injuries may be caused by over training or dangerous exercises. For me, the injuries are purely co-incidental and the coaching and medical staff shouldn’t be held in the slightest bit responsible. It wasn’t so long ago that Paul Winsper and John Carver were being hailed as the best in the business - nothing has changed, they work very closely together and set the standards that many Premiership sides strive to follow!

Last season we finished games very strongly and if you look back on our matches since March, you’ll find that very few teams have scored against us in the last quarter - whilst we’ve quite often managed to score during this period. Injuries are part and parcel of football, sometimes you’re lucky with them, sometimes you’re not.

What is your opinion about this article?
Start a new topic at our forum!

Print article


Coporate tickets for NUFC games

Bez announces a corporate hospitality facility to entertain up to eight people during every home Newcastle United Premiership fixture. For further details please click on the link... [More]