Newcastle United fans love their strikers. Be it the great Alan Shearer or the latest centre-forward to pull on the famous black and white stripes, the men who score the goals for the Geordies will be endeared forever.

But who has been the best?

In fairness, there’s not much debate over who takes the top spot in the list, although the top five should provide some talking points.

Over the next five slides, I have compiled a list of the five best strikers of the past 20 years (incidentally almost my entire lifetime), ranking the players based on goals scored, relationship with fans and overall charisma.

There’s bound to be some disagreements, so feel free to chip in with any ideas of who should or shouldn’t have made the list!

5. Andy Carroll

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We start with a potentially controversial inclusion. Andy Carroll's reputation will forever be tarnished among Newcastle fans, as his £35 million transfer to Liverpool is a move that saw him go from hero to villain over the course of one helicopter ride to Merseyside. For his time at Newcastle, however, Carroll proved himself as a top striker who could cause problems for the best of opposition. Finding his feet when the Magpies dropped into the Championship, Carroll netted 19 goals in all competitions to fire Newcastle back to the top flight. Then, scoring a hat-trick against Aston Villa early in the 2010-11 season, Carroll was enjoying hero-like status with his boyhood clubs fans, only to then go and join Liverpool in January of the same season. Ever since his move to Anfield, Carroll's career has stalled, and he now looks likely to be on the move again this summer, with Liverpool likely to cut their losses as they look at other options. Maybe one way Carroll can rebuild his ruined reputation is to rejoin his local club and pick up where he left off?

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  1. Edward Farms

    What about Pedro??? Surely he is better then either Tino or Carroll

  2. Ray

    Agree with Edward. Also Shearer did not score 206 premiership goals for Newcastle (as is implied). The 206 was for all competitive matches for the club.

    Les Ferdinand didn't want to leave either. He was considered surplus to requirements by the new publicly owned/controlled board of directors, who wanted to recoup some of the cash spent on Shearer.

    I disliked him intensely, but Michael Owen scored far more (and had a better goals to game ratio) than Andy Carroll.

    And as for Andy Carroll, a ruined reputation? His reputation was in tatters while he was on Tyneside. It is only since his move that he seems to have cleaned up his act.

    Most fans realise that £35 million was a price the club couldn't refuse and that Carroll would have been a fool to stay when they club wanted the money and he was being offered a bumper contract with Liverpool.

  3. Spen

    For effect and consistency; Ferdinand, Shearer, Cole, Beardsley and Ba

  4. Dan

    1st Shearer
    2nd Cole
    3rd Beardsley
    4th Kluivert
    5th Ferdinand

    Asprilla didn't score the goals, Bellamy was too prone to letting himself down, Lua Lua didn't get the run he needed but hats off to him for his celebrations, jon dahl thomasson was brilliant but not during his spell with us and one of the best strikers I have ever seen… Patrick Kluivert was unfortunately a year or 2 too late on tyneside, otherwise he would have been higher up the list.


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