Beckord blows his Toon chance as Hughton moves on.

Posted on May 17th, 2010 | 113 Comments |

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Jermaine Beckford looks to have blown his chances of playing Premier League football at St James’ Park next season as boss Chris Hughton pursues other targets in his quest to strengthen the squad during the summer

Beckford was the subject of quite intense interest from Newcastle back in January and was the target of a sequence of bids made by the club for his services. None of those bids were deemed acceptable by Ken Bates despite Beckford handing in a transfer request at the time, which he later retracted and moved to quash any more rumours by announcing he would be opting to sit out the rest of his contract at recently promoted Leeds United before leaving on a free transfer in the summer. That whole episode has apparently put Hughton off from re-igniting his interest in a player that would cost nothing to sign, despite a January admission that he would be interested in securing the services of the 31-goal striker for Newcastle.

That deal looks dead in the water now, and there have been a number of reports in recent weeks of Newcastle staff being present at games in the French league, with the latest one being Lyon v Auxerre which Hughton himself chose to watch from the stands. And the quiet man has given his strongest hint since the release of ‘the statement’, that there could still be some new faces through door during the summer. Hughton said:

“We’re identifying the players we need to bring in. We’re aware of what we have to do to the squad, and the areas we need to strengthen, and also the cover we need.”

“I don’t think there’ll be a lot of players coming in, but we need a squad capable of competing in the Premier League. I can certainly see players coming in, but I don’t see wholesale changes.”

That certainly sounds a bit more encouraging and could be an indication that plans are underway to reinforce the playing squad with players that actually cost money, although probably not a lot of it. Money spent on a player doesn’t guarantee the success of a signing though, and some of our most fondly remembered players of the last few years have cost peanuts compared to some of our so-called stars.

Can you honestly say players like Albert Luque and Michael Owen have provided more for the team compared to someone like a Sebastien Bassong or a Habib Beye? No. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding how any of them left Newcastle, you can’t question that for value for money Beye and Bassong trumped Owen and Luque hands down, and they were both relatively unheard of before their arrival on Tyneside.

What we need to do is compliment what we already have, and fill in some of the missing pieces. Evolution, not revolution, should be the key. With Hughton’s latest statement we can be pretty confident that he knows what needs doing, and the fact he is still looking around for players should indicate that funds are available, however limited they may be.

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  1. Believe me you’ll be better off without him….he aint that good…and gives ball all to the team. He might have scored a few goals at 3rd Division level but he’ll spend more time on his arse than his feet at Premiership level.

    Shame we didn’t let him go at Christmas and get some money for him. Apart from his ‘tap in’ on the last day of the season Becchio and Gradel got us up.

    Good luck next season hope we join you soon!!

    Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.

  2. That seems to be the majority opinion that I’ve read from Leeds fans and I’d rather take note of those that watch him week in and week out.Leave well alone I say.

  3. After Leon Best I think we should let Hughton sign defenders and let Beardo or someone sign strikers :)

  4. Wasn’t Beye Marseille captain? Playing Champions league footy etc? I’d heard of him before he signed like.. Sorry Toonsy, just being a petty to**er.

  5. Totally agree with Oldham white I can’t believe that Everton and Villa are so keen. Third division striker who may score a few in the championship. Way too selfish for Prem. Good luck to the geordies for next season hopefully we’re only a year behind. MOT.

  6. Dave – I’d not really heard of him, well I did, but I didn’t know what he was like if you know what i mean lol

  7. Blown his chance of Premier League football? haha. He’s going to Everton or Villa FFS!

  8. I would have took Beckord in January so we could see what he was like stepping up a level – I definatly think he will offer bags more than Leon Best as a player….I think he will go to Everton TBH and do alright but won’t be scoring 30 goals a season in the premiership or even championship in a hurry.

    Might be a decent investment on a free transfer and could always be sold on at xmas if he is Plop,don’t think he is Toon bound.

  9. larry – And if you read the rest of the sentance, you thick spanner, you will clearly see I meant with Newcastle.

    Or shall I dumb it down a bit more for you?

  10. May I just state that the comment I made in jest yesterday about South Africa “B” winning the T20 World Cup was a joke followed by a brief statement of how its sad that politics gets involved in sport…

    It was not mean as a que for sad lonely ignorant people to start an unfounded attack on white South Africans.
    Trust, me, I would have done far more to fight apartheid has I only been able to get myself out the baby strap in my pram!!!

    Right… Worky… happy now you tit!

    Again… lets move on…

  11. yorkwhite….I don’t mind him being selfish on the pitch as alot of the best strikers are but to me he just looks like an arrogant tosser and the fact that he’s scored so many goals for leeds and yet the fans don’t seem to be upset at losing him… that tells me all I need to know.I think Ken will be wishing he’d taken the money for him in Jan,who’d have thought it me feeling grateful to KB ;-)

  12. Unless you have a truely quality squad, there is no room for selfish players.
    Everyone on the pitch needs to be working their socks off.
    We are going to have games when we are completely dominated next year, and the last thing we need is a Michael Owen type striker just hanging high waiting for a goal to be put on a platter.
    Because he’ll be waiting for most of the season for something that just isn’t going to come.

  13. Richie loads of strikers are arrogant look at Drogba,Anelka,Adebeyor,Bellamy they all seem to be pretty arrogant but know how to bag goals.

    Would you swop Beckford for Best Or Ameobi? I would carry them both up to Elland Road on my Back.

  14. Of course Toonsy if he signs for Villa or Everton he will play 1 prem game at SJP if fit and selected. ;-)

  15. I can’t see us creating much for our strikers in the premiership…we where creating little in lots of games last season and nicking an odd goal out of one freak attack,if other teams had of been more clinical in finishing then the season would have been very different indeed.

  16. I’m sure Beckford is not losing any sleep at missing out going to Newcastle….get over yourselves!!

  17. Yeah I heard that Toonsy….It will be a frustrating season with Shola back in the premiership..I think he is a real waste of space…Carrol has possibly 5-10 goals a season at premiership level but I think a few droughts could start weighing heavy on him and find it tuff,saying that he may be banging them in for fun if he gets sent down :)

  18. ANDREW R- I don’t think anyone is losing sleep over Beckford either at Newcastle we have Leon Best :)

  19. SJT..true mate I stand corrected,that said they’ve earned the right to be arrogant and were already playing at a higher level that Beckford at that age(if memory is correct!).Maybe he’ll turn out to be a good goal scorer at Prem level and as he’s on a free may be worth the punt.What I would say is plenty Coventry fans blogged warning us about Best and now Leeds fans are doing the same ref JB.Anyway I doubt he would come here,I think he’ll be after bigger wages than we would pay.IMO

  20. ANDREW R must have read the title and formed his opinion on that.

    Cant expect him to read too much though eh? Little cherub ;)

  21. Yup I think a decent 3rd divison striker on a free transfer is well out of our reach in these poverty stricken times on Tyneside…plus he will have bigger fish to fry with possible interest from big ambitious teams like Wigan,Sunderland,Birmingham,Fulham etc.

  22. Bit like N’Zogbia.

    Must be taking the scenic route to Real Madrid, via Wigan and Birmingham lol

  23. I’m surprised he could read that much Toonsy.A headlines supposed to be sensationalised to get you to read on Andrew R just incase you still havn’t worked it out yet.

  24. Beckford blows his Toon chance – just love it.

    He’s blown his chance to join a club that were last champions the year my Dad was born.

    Dad’s 83 this year, bless him.

    I hear you lot are still celebrating that legendary Anglo-Italian Cup triumph….

  25. From plebs rolling around in league 3 for years, talk about lacking self awareness.

  26. Boring “comedy name” from “clint” there, how very grown-up. Presumably a juvenile skunk.

  27. Leeds are MASSIVE man, MASSIVE. Their 3 seasons in the 3rd tier of English football highlights this ;)

  28. You’re well grown up rob, y’father’s 83, so that makes you about 70.
    Talk about lack of self awareness.

    It’s my real name btw.

  29. And another one just out of school…….Yeah because Leeds have won lots recently and alot less than us historically and thats not even counting the legendary Anglo-Italian………and for the record thats not your Dad.

  30. my you are sensitive little souls……

    It was a bit of a laugh at Christmas though when you didn’t having the buying power or attraction to sign a 3rd division striker ;)

  31. But at least we’re grown up enough not to go & big it up on some rivals board with juvenile shoite.

  32. Leeds (first class) honours – 7
    Newcastle (first class) honours – 11


  33. ahh well, no biggy really!
    However, raises a question for next season, what do people think we should do with the strikers we have? How many do we need? Houghton has said he doesn’t want to sell, only add, but are they all good enough? Will some be happy playing second fiddle?
    Here’s my thoughts:

    Carroll – Keep
    Loven – Keep
    ????? – New striker

    Ranger – Loan

    Best – Sell
    Ameiobi – Sell

    With a new, better quality, striker coming in, I think this would tidy up our squad in terms of strikers, however is 3 strikers enough? We could possibly have 3 as both Vukic and Nolan can play behind a front man of we wanted to go 4-5-1, What do you guys think?

  34. yeah if we’d signed him we might have walked the league……..oh hang on we did :-)

  35. ……It must have only been in Yorkshire when the transfer window was open then or do you celebrate Xmas in January?

  36. I wish Ed would stop banging on about us signing Tom Cleverly, average championship player at best.

  37. There was a massive difference between bassong/beye and luque/owen……. they actually managed to play some games, put some effort in and we made a *kin profit on em for a start :-)

  38. This Leeds lot are hilarious. Still terribly bitter over your fall from grace! can’t argue with facts. Grayson said we’d bid for beckford and he wanted to come to us. It was the boardroom that stepped in and said we hadn’t bid enough. We actually pulled out when you started asking for hilarious money. We had the cash, he wanted the move. He didn’t decide to stay with Leeds, he was forced to do so. You, get over yourselves.

  39. Richietoon

    I would say worth it if just for the fact he is slovinian captain and would take Vuckic with him in the same minibus.

  40. CLiNT FLiCK ……this appeared on OUR board otherwise I wouldn’t have responded….give me some credit!!!

    also to richietoon(????) the reason we were having a laugh a Christmas was at Houghton shouting the odds and who had been so confident about signing Beckford since early November…then his bottom lip curled in Feb when he didn’t get him and is now in a huge sulk and saying well he doesn’t want him now!!!….even you have to see the funny side of that!!!

  41. 53 ANDREW R says:
    May 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm
    CLiNT FLiCK ……this appeared on OUR board otherwise I wouldn’t have responded….give me some credit!!!

    Im confused here , what appeared on your board?

  42. I wouldnt even bite with the hilarious jokers. Beckford is crap as any sensible Leeds fan will tell you. Leeds are crap thats why the Mighty Fraser Forster and Norwich pulled away from them like a steam train and they were nearly left with smacked bottoms and red faces after a late challenge from Millwall.

  43. I havn’t heard Hughton shout the odds about anyone or anything this season,the fact is Beckford wanted to come but KB asked for an idiotic price,Since than JB has done next to sweet F.A for Leeds and now you won’t get a penny for him where ever he ends up…….now that IS funny.

  44. “we had the cash”

    haha, that’s the best I’ve heard yet. You have less cash than 3rd division Leeds! Lol

  45. richietoon…..selective hearing as always…..or you just weren’t listening

  46. I agree with Jimbo…..Magic Mike couldn’t give them away and still has the pleasure :)

  47. Sorry, let me introduce Jimbo. He must work for the accounts department at Newcastle to know so definitively that we didn’t have the cash.


    He is another sheep who believes the papers and cant accept that we werent getting mugged of by Bates, something that the Leeds fans are used to.

    How was your ticket prices for league 1 lads? Premier League level werent they?

  48. its no wonder leeds and millwall are the most dis-liked fans,pity there brains are not as big as there gobs they might get as high as a half-wit,but yous have the right owner like,bates another one of the dis-liked guys in footy,yous go hand in hand

  49. Jimbo……we spend the same on Leon Best(a bad buy so far I admit) that KB was asking for JB so yes we had the money.According to most of your own fans we did well to dodge him and like I said you’ll not get a penny for him now,so laugh away mate.

  50. newsnow ‘is’ leeds board, they’re sooo big toonsy.

    It had nowt to do with money.
    master bates said give us the money larry grayson said he wanted to keep him, so masterbates said ok then.

  51. ….anyway when all is said and done you are far better off without him…..he took 10 chances for every goal he scored in the 3rd division and has a very lazy attitude (apart from the last game he played for us!!!)

  52. Andrew…….send me a link from November when CH said he’d be signing for us then!…….still doesn’t explain why you were laughing at Xmas when it wasn’t until Jan that anyone knew he wouldn’t be coming and at the end of the day we didn’t need him and you are out of pocket because of KB.laugh away

  53. Jimbo-‘had’ is the past tense mate. We’re talking about januarys window. Whether we have cash now or not isn’t important. I can’t be arsed providing you with an English lesson but make sure you at least have a grasp of what’s being said before you start throwing your weight around, makes you look daft otherwise. The fact we made cash signings in jan should have shown you that but nevermind eh. Feel free to keep going and looking the mug if you wish.

  54. Is that the same Fraser Forster that handed our shitty beckford the winning goal on a plate at elland road and us 3 points?

  55. right….cheers fellas….back to my own board….I enjoyed the excursion!! ;)

  56. see N.QUINN is saying on ssn,that ashley will spend a lot of money this year on players,its just a con to say he will not spend,to keep prices down!ashley a con-man,perish the thought

  57. cheers Andrew,nowt like a bit of friendly
    Meddy thats right mate but you can’t deny he’s had a good season and will be a good keeper.

  58. Meddylufc

    Yeah thats the same Forster that is 3rd choice at NUFC and the linchpin of a team that kicked yur ass to the title.

  59. I would of taken a punt on Beckford in Jan , couldnt of done any worse than Best , but wouldnt be sure if he could cut in the premierleague,

    Seriouse question for the leeds fans on here today , how do ye think ye will do next season?

  60. ice,
    he’s probably got nowt good to say about the tramps then, if he’s concerning himself with us.

  61. CLINT,mind i dont like it when clubs come out and say they are going spend big ie b/ham saying they have 40mil to spend,guess whos going to get screwed then? say nowt is best imo m8

  62. To be mid-table in their respective leagues would be a success for both teams next season IMO.

  63. meddy-to be fair, its also the same Fraser Forster that came second in Norwich’s player of the season award, was voted player of the season by the Norwich players themselves, Norwich being the team that beat you to the title.

  64. Meddylufc

    I think we will survive and with the a bit of luck n some decent signings MAYBE push towards midtable

  65. Richietoon look at 75 that’s wer my reply was aimed at DIV. Toonsy ur a comedian mate

  66. Thank you, but when you are giving it the biggun do you expect a serious answer?

    After that, you asked a serious question and got a serious answer. Funny that ;)

  67. CLiNT FLiCK … year!!! (if you stay up ;) )


    Johno Toon….I hope we do good…if we could get some of our old players back like Viduka, Woodgate, Milner, Smith, Bowyer….Delph, Lennon, Ferdinand….but I am as ever optimistic….just so pleased we are not in those damn playoffs….BTW desperate for Bl;ackpool to beat Cardiff…couldn’t stand wrecker Ridsdale back in the premiership (plus it is Simon Graysons old club!)

  68. and yeah Richietoon he’s a quality keeper it’s only banter. Hope he gets a chance at sjp tho

  69. Meddy…oops sorry m8 I’m a div :-) …….owt from 4th bottom to midtable would do for me for next season.

  70. I think your free to have Viduka back if you want. If you can drag him away from the pie shop or the injury table that is lol

  71. Johno toon. It all depends if Bates spends some of our money on the team next year rather than his hotel complex ideas. We need at least six or seven decent additions to have any chance really.

  72. ice,
    on the money, as it were, mate.
    Anyone saying they’ve got cash to lash, is asking to be raped.
    brum are probably having a collective nose-bleed mate.

  73. Yorkwhite….theres a canny player at NUFC you can have for £2m………Leon Best I think he’s called.

  74. Enjoyed the banter gents. Good luck next season. We both deserve to be playin in the big time. Hopefully see u at elland road soon

  75. There’s no gents on here Meddy….as long as it’s not Elland Road in the Championship m8

  76. You lot should be ok in the championship next season.
    3/4 decent additions.
    Your rep should help you garner a few results.

  77. He’s been poor to be honest,the only hope is he’ll get hs confidence back once he scores.That may be a folorn hope but fingers crossed

  78. If Leon Best went to Leeds he would probly score loads of goals. Some players just dont seem to make it at NUFC ie Luque.

  79. Unless Leon Best turns a very sharp corner, he’ll be forever regarded as gash around these parts. Tis a shame but it seems like he was a token signing and is destined to fail.

  80. toonsy says:
    May 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    larry – And if you read the rest of the sentance, you thick spanner, you will clearly see I meant with Newcastle.

    Or shall I dumb it down a bit more for you?……

    Tut tut toonsy – you’ll have the Press Complaints Commisssion on your tail!