Now there is a name to conjure with Mladen Petric, why does that name play on your mind? If I were to say the words ‘umbrella’ and perhaps ‘cup of tea’ and finally ‘yesh!’ maybe that will bring back those waves of nausea that Petric caused many people a couple of years ago.
Petric scored the crucial goal for Croatia against England that fateful night at Wembley, consigning Steve McClaren to the sack and ensuring England would play no part in Euro 2008.
Well if you weren’t already aware the Croatian striker is actually pretty decent and has an impressive scoring record in the Bundesliga and it is for that reason that Alan Pardew is reportedly monitoring the forward ahead of a possible move to St James’ Park.
Petric and his family moved from their native home to Switzerland at a very young age and he joined the academy of Swiss side Baden, he went on to play one season with their first team, before moving to Grasshopper in Zurich. He spent 5 seasons there and then another couple playing for FC Basel before he eventually moved to the Bundesliga where he has had successful careers with Borussia Dortmund and now Hamburg who paid £6million for the striker in 2008. He has been very impressive in his time with the club and this season he has scored 13 goals in 19 games.
Pardew is hardly overflowing with top strikers at the moment and the loss of Andy Carroll has clearly had an affect on their goalscoring potential. Leon Best has scored a few but that could be a flash in the pan, Shola Ameobi works hard but will never be a prolific goalscorer and Shefki Kuqi, well, there’s no point discussing his goalscoring potential. Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger make up the rest of the Geordie attacking unit and whilst Ranger is one for the future neither is prolific at this point.
It is reported that it would cost Newcastle around £9million to secure the Croatian marksmen and Alan Pardew and his team are supposedly keeping a very close eye on the striker with view to a Summer move. The forward is strong, powerful and quite quick, with a good finish and also strong in the air he is a bit of an all round package and with the right service I can definitely see him scoring goals in the Premier League.
Whether the player would want to move remains to be seen, but should Hamburg agree to sell, Newcastle could potentially have a very useful striker on their hands.
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