SHEFKI KUQI couldn’t take goals to Newcastle, but he’s been banging them in since switching to Boundary Park.
The flying Finn, below, will aim to add to his 13 so far this season at the Galpharm tomorrow having notched his first in the 1-1 draw against Town at Oldham in September.
The 35-year-old was snapped up by Paul Dickov after being signed by Newcastle from Swansea as a stop-gap replacement when Andy Carroll made his £35m move to Liverpool a year ago.
Things didn’t work out on Tyneside, with Kuqi being restricted to six appearances, all of them from the bench, and failing to score.
But he still has exactly 100 league goals to his name, plus 11 in other games, from a career which has also taken in stints with Stockport, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich, Blackburn and Crystal Palace.
Kuqi, who has seven goals in 62 games for his country, moved to England in 2001 after winning the Finnish league with HJK Helsinki.
On-loan Town forward Robbie Simpson is ineligible against his parent club, so Kuqi could resurrect his partnership with Reuben Reid.
The former West Brom, Rotherham and Brentford player returned from a thigh injury in the reserves this week.
The pair played alongside each other in the first eight games of the season – Latics won four and drew two of them – and at the time of his injury, Reid, 23, was top scorer with five.
Oldham can also call on on-loan Manchester City striker Luca Scapuzzi, a 20-year-old Italian, and Matt Smith, a 22-year-old close-season signing from non-league Solihull, is also pushing for a starting berth.