The quest to replace Jagerbomb Expert Andy Carroll continues apace today as we learn that Alan Pardew has sent head scout Graham Carr (father of Alan) to monitor AZ Alkmaar striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
Newcastle have lacked in fire power since Carroll departed for Merseyside and with the form of the Geordie team dipping it is apparent that they are missing a goal scoring threat thus leading us to these rumours today.
Sigthorsson began his career in his native Iceland joining the youth academy at Vikingur in 1996, and then in 2003 he moved to HK another Icelandic team. When he turned 20 last year he moved to the Eredivisie and signed for AZ with whom he has demonstrated decent goal scoring ability notching up 14 goals in his first season. He is also deemed famous for scoring 5 goals in one game, a feat that only one foreign striker has managed before in Holland and that was the ‘legendary’ Alfonso Alves!
The striker is a target man and good in the air, he also has extremely good touch meaning he is just as adept with the ball at his feet, he is also lauded for having a powerful strike and he is not afraid to shoot from distance.
Carr has had previous success identifying targets for Newcastle, he was behind the signing of Cheik Tiote last Summer, also from the Eredivise, and that is why his recommendation of Sigthorsson is being taken so seriously by the powers that be at St James’ Park.
Mike Ashley is looking to young talented players whom will have a decent sell on value but that can also assist the club in the short term, that is definitely something that could be said of this transfer. Newcastle are looking to build for the future and obviously that is something that they should be praised for and I am also confident that it is a transfer policy that would please the Geordie faithful, all football fans like the signing of young talents and this certainly fits into that category.
Obviously there has to be a note of caution, it can take players time to adapt to Premier League football, and it would be unfair if all the scoring hopes of the side were put on the shoulders of one young striker, but as a player to learn and develop I am sure that it could be a good signing for Newcastle if it were alongside the purchase of a more proven forward as well.
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