If you’re a good striker at Newcastle, you’ll be treated like a god. While we’ve had some duff forwards over the past 10 years, we’ve also had some remarkable goalscorers.
But who has been Newcastle’s best striker of the decade?
7: Dwight Gayle
You need a goalscorer to get out of the Championship, and Newcastle had exactly that with Dwight Gayle.
The striker scored 23 times that season, but so far has been unable to hit the same heights in the Premier League. He scored six times in the 2017/18 campaign, before spending last season on loan at West Brom.
6: Loic Remy
He only spent a year with Newcastle on loan, but what a year it was.
The French striker joined from QPR, scoring 14 times in 26 games for the Magpies. He was a talisman up top, scoring some stunning goals as fans longed for a permanent deal. That never happened, meaning we only enjoyed one year of Remy leading the line.
5: Salomon Rondon
Another loan signing, and another player we only had for a year.
Salomon Rondon was massive for us last season, not just because of his goals. He was key to the way we played, acting as the defensive striker Rafa Benitez craved. He also scored 11 league goals, his best Premier League tally.
4: Andy Carroll
He started the decade as a Newcastle player, and that’s where he’ll end it…via Liverpool and West Ham.
In 2010, Carroll was leading Newcastle’s promotion charge, ending the campaign with 17 goals. That summer he was rewarded with the legendary number nine shirt, and he justified the decision with 11 goals in 19 Premier League appearances.
Sadly, this caught the attention of Liverpool who snapped him up for £35 million. Carroll rejoined Newcastle this summer, but is now a veteran who the youngsters can lean on and learn from.
3: Papiss Cisse
Cisse’s first six months as a Newcastle player were out of this world. He scored 13 times in 14 games, including crackers against Aston Villa and Swansea. Then there was that amazing brace against Chelsea, which included a physics-defying volley to wrap up the victory.
The rest of his Newcastle career wasn’t as prolific, although he was a force in the Europa League.
2: Ayoze Perez
Ayoze Perez joined for a bargain fee from Tenerife in 2014, and it’s fair to say the Spaniard was better than anyone ever imagined.
A player with sublime balance and dribbling ability, Perez was an instinctive finisher, scoring multiple off the cuff goals – whilst also missing some sitters when he had times on his hands.
Perez often got grief from supporters, but his final six months in black and white were probably his best. He scored 12 Premier League goals, leading to a £30 million move to Leicester.
1: Demba Ba
Demba Ba was a Newcastle player for 18 months, and what an 18 months it was. He joined on a free in 2011, and couldn’t stop scoring once Ramadan passed.
He ended his first season with 16 goals in 34 games, and the following campaign he was just as prolific. By January he had 13 goals, which unfortunately led to a move to Chelsea.
Ba scored all types of goals. Brilliant finishes, powerful headers, tap ins, even stunning free-kicks. He was the complete striker, and a man who loved strawberry syrup.