Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Newcastle in Johnson Chase?

According to Ives over at Soccer By Ives, a Newcastle scout was at the KC-New York game this past weekend to scout Wizards forward Eddie Johnson. The scout also met with Red Bull forward Jozy Altidore, but according to Ives, Johnson was his main focus.

Not the greatest performance for Johnson, though, in front of the Toon scout, missing a PK and ultimately being invisible for most of the game, although his yellow card for diving was rather harsh after viewing the replay. Live I would have agreed with the referee though.

This is a bad move for Johnson in my opinion, there's already 4 strikers with national team caps on their roster, 3 of whom are easily still first choice strikers for their national team. Is Johnson really going to surplant Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins or even Alan Smith, to get significant minutes for the gordies? I doubt it, Johnson just isn't that good of a striker to beat out those guys for playing time. Even if the rumored move of Owen to Manchester City goes down, Johnson isn't going to see a ton of playing time on Tyneside. All of this is why I just don't see the move happening, Newcastle is stacked at forward right now, and I don't see Big Sam going after a striker that would likely fight with Smith to be the number 4 striker on the team.

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