Friday, August 26, 2005

A slice of Luque*

At last.

One of our countless dead-in-the-water transfer moves has come back to life, Albert Luque signing from Deportivo La Coruna for a fee of £9.5m.

Luque is just what we need - someone who can either score goals and provide width and creativity to the midfield. Given our chronic inability to find the net I imagine Souness will opt to play him as a striker against Manchester Buccaneers on Sunday, but he may well line up as a winger if we can get another top-drawer forward in.

Unlike a certain Mr Owen, our newest recruit has been making all the right enthusiastic noises about playing for the club: "I'm very happy. I am looking forward to playing with Alan Shearer. I'm excited. It's a great place to play. I'm looking forward to playing in front of the Newcastle fans".

Two questions. Does he really know what he's letting himself in for? And will he be able to cope with the unrealistic expectations of the fans (myself included) who are hoping he can be the answer to all our problems?

Just for a moment, though, let's focus on the positive and congratulate ourselves on a great addition to the squad. If he can inspire the current shower to victory over Ferguson's mob (there we go with the unrealistic expectations...), then he'll make himself an instant hero.

* Apologies - we'll just get all of these puns out of the way early, shall we?


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