Below is a table comparing the main statistics of all of Newcastle United’s main strikers who have played in the Hughton / Pardew years. There are six, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Andy Carroll, Leon Best, Demba Ba and most recently of course, Papiss Cisse.
Please note that this is for Premier League games only. Championship stats have been excluded as they would obviously give the players who played a full season in the lower division an unfair advantage. As well as that, cup games have also been escluded too to make as level a playing field as possible (if you’ll pardon the pun). I think you might find one or two surprises in there, which was partly the reason I did this post in the first place.
I suppose I could have included Kevin Nolan too, as his goalscoring and assist figures would also stand up with the names below after Chris Hughton moved him further forward into the “hole” as they say, however this one’s for strikers and Nolan has always been a midfielder, albeit a highly attacking one in recent seasons.
This league table has been ordered in terms of minutes per goal scored, which is a far better way of measuring a strikers true goalscoring figures rather than just going by appearences and goals, which makes no distinction between a player playing a whole ninety minutes, or just a few minutes at the end as has been the case with so many Shola Ameobi’s Newcastle appearences in the Premier League. The same could also be said of Peter Lovenkrands and possibly Leon Best too.
Whilst there has been much criticism of Newcastle United’s strikers in the past, on the goalscoring front, all of the ones listed below actually have records which actually hold up rather well, especially so when you study the record of strikers from other teams in a similar position to Newcastle United.
So, without further ado, here’s the table!
|Newcastle United strikers.|
App – Appearences.
Gls – Goals.
TMP – Total Minutes Played.
Ass – Assists.
MPA – Minutes Per Assist.
MPG – Minutes Per Goal.
And finally, below is a tribute to Demba Ba’s time at Newcastle. It was made by “LathamNUFC.”