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Monday, January 29, 2007

Could our savior be a Yank?

It seems like the planets are aligning in the skies above TDH. After a long January in which the word "Newcastle" only made the transfer headlines with the release of one Liam Atkin to Carlisle United, the constellations have finally begun to coalesce. And they're mapping out the face of, would you believe it, a star of the US national team: our battleship, Oguchi Onyewu.

You remember Onyewu - he's the one against whom a penalty was unfairly given in our last match of Germany 2006 when Ghana's appropriately-named Pimpong simply bounced off him in the 18-yard box. The ref couldn't quite understand just how big Onyewu is, or how running into him could give much the same impression as hitting the side of a parking garage. At 6'4" (1.93 m) and 210 lbs (15 st, 95 kg), he's easily our biggest outfield player.

And he can play. Premier League clubs have been chasing him for a couple of years, but he decided to keep refining his game at Standard Liege. He's only 24, and he'd be a fantastic signing for us if we can get him. If we do, TDH might not complain so much about all the defenders we've already missed: Lauren, Ehiogu, apparently Upson, plus that Bale kid and a couple of other youngsters.


Chelsea have finally found a use for that Ukrainian guy - beating up on lower-division opposition in cup competitions. Kind of shows you just what kind of league they have over there in the boot-shaped country, eh?

Want to beat the Goon Show? Go to Bolton and beg Big Sam for advice. TDH has pointed out the Trotters' skill at disrupting the pretty triangles before, and TDH fully expects them to turn their draw at the Emirates into a win at the Reebok....


Anonymous Palms said...

I'm quite pleased about this one. He is after all the scariest-looking player I've ever seen. I think it's the lazy-eyed stare. Or the grown-in-a-lab physique. What the hell are they feeding your lot over there AG?

The loan thing is a bit worrying though. Are we keeping him warm for a bigger club?

6:22 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Looks like the option to keep Onyewu will be ours if we want him. Hopefully he will consign Shitus to the bench for eternity. As to what he's been eating, Palms, I suggest you make a visit to Rocklands or Ben's Chili Bowl next time you're in the area of Washington, DC.

I'm really hoping that we're not in for Darren Bent, if the price is indeed 18 million pounds and up. Come on! He's a good striker, but not that good.

4:44 PM  

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