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Newcastle striker considers exit

last updated Wednesday 11th January 2006, 10:39 AM
As his first-team frustrations continue to mount at St James's Park, Michael Chopra is contemplating the most difficult decision of his career having accepted that his footballing future might be best served by leaving Newcastle.

A striker who has long been groomed as Alan Shearer's most-obvious successor as United's hometown hero has seen his Premiership progress grind to a halt since Graeme Souness arrived at the club 17 months ago and, with not even a crippling rash of injuries having aided his top-flight hopes, a player with just one league start to his name this season fears his chance will never come.

Having impressed during an energetic 26-minute appearance as a substitute during last weekend's FA Cup third-round tie against Mansfield, Chopra (pictured) hopes to get the nod from a manager attempting to compensate for the loss of Michael Owen when the Magpies travel to Fulham this weekend.

Should he fail to win a place in Newcastle's inconsistent side, it will only strengthen the 22-year-old's belief that he will be forced to leave the club he supported as a boy in order to rescue his stagnating career.
Source The Journal by Paul Gilder
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