News today that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes to have a new striker at the club by the end of the week.
Andy Carroll – could be out a few weeks
The injury to star striker Andy Carroll has come at a bad time for the Newcatsle club, and it will be important to get in a proven goalscorer quickly.
It seems that with Andy out maybe a number of weeks, signing a striker has become an immediate priority.
And that doesn’t say too much for current strikers Leon Best and Xisco, who never seem to get a look-in at Newcastle, and the Spaniard is also said to be on close to £50K/week at Newcastle.
Newcastle will try to move out both strikers during the January window, but it will be very hard to move out Xisco, since nobody seems to want him, and he’s also on enormous wages, given his skill level and experience.
Xisco was hardly a good buy by Dennis Wise for Newcastle United.
As we heard a number of times last week, Alan Pardew has made Spurs’ Robbie Keane a top target, but Robbie does not come cheap, and both his wages and loan fee will be high.
We are also not too sure of how well he can play these days either, as he’s hardly had a look-in at Tottenham since Harry Redknapp arrived at the club just over two years ago.
Pardew told the local Sunday Sun today, when asked about strikers:
“We would certainly like to bring in one, if we could get to two like all managers you always want more tools, but that is an equation we will have to work out,”
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is also available, but the Paraguay International would hardly come any cheaper than Keane.
And from what we’ve seen, the player doesn’t seem too interested in playing these days, and is one of the many Man City players on huge wages – who rarely even make the squad on match days.
That may be unfair to the 29 year-old, but we’d be much happier if Robbie Keane came to Tyneside, because at least you know you are going to get 100% effort and commitment from the Irishman.
And surely alongside big Andy – Robbie could slot in quite a few of those goals.
But he will not come cheap at all, and now Alan will need to persuade Mike Ashley that he’s worth the money, with a meeting likely with the owner in the next couple of days.