Pardew Seems Undecided On Strikers For Sunday At Sunderland

Both Andy Carroll and Cheick Tiote will be missing from the Newcastle line up on Sunday at Sunderland.

Cheick Tiote – this lad will be a big miss on Sunday

Andy is out injured, maybe for at least another two weeks, and Cheick of course will miss the next 3 games after being sent off at Stevenage.

Alan Pardew talked about the two top players:

“For Sunderland it will be good news that those two players are missing,” “On our part, we’ve got to make sure that we don’t miss them by stepping up our performance.”

“And I will be looking to the senior players to make sure that when we turn up on Sunday we don’t miss those (players) and don’t notice because of the passion and effort on the pitch.”

With Andy Carroll out we are hoping that Shola Ameobi will start on Sunday, since Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands were almost invisible at Stevenage last Saturday.

Shola has recovered from an ankle injury, and the starting two will be chosen from Shola, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger. We would plump for Shola and Peter top start up front.

Shola did return to training today, but there seems to be a small doubt whether he will start the game, as Alan continued:

“Leon is desperate to play, Shola trained this morning (Friday) and looked good, so he’s pushing to start,”

“Then you’ve got Peter, who has done a super job as well.” “Out of those three we will be looking to get two strikers on the pitch and give Sunderland something to think about.”

And one inclusion on the bench should be 20 year-old Dan Gosling, who got great reviews for his play in the recent Newcastle – Hibernian friendly game.

He could deputize for Cheick Tiote, but we still think Pardew will stick with Alan Smith who we have to hope is really keyed up for the game, because when he’s like that he can still play very well.

Pardew added:

“In my view Dan is now in the picture.” “I don’t think I will start him because he hasn’t had much match practice.”

“But he has shown already that he will threaten the squad and hopefully burst into the team at some point.”

We could see Gosling make his debut in the second half on Sunday, depending on how the game goes.

But it must be comforting to make your Magpies debut when the Newcastle side is four goals up.

We hope Dan makes his debut on Sunday when Newcastle are four goals up. 😀

Comments welcome.

157 comments so far

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Still not quite sure what to think about this bothroyd kid. He did get the call up to three lions but im worried he’s gonna be like best and take a year to get used to prem league and we need a player who can put it in the onion bag now, and im just confused as to why we are chasing a striker when we desperately need cover for both fullbacks and tiote cuz smitty and perch arent cover….blows my mind, everybody knows if enrique of simp goes down we are screwed cuz perch is awful and smitty isnt fit to clean tiotes boots

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #2

    God please don’t start smitty, gives the ball away too much in midfield and gives away dangerous free kicks with rash challenges, if the game get dirty and we need some legs broken then send him on cuz thats a job he can do…lol

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew really needs to sort it out or bring in a player for gods sake

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4


    Simp tayls colo enrique


    Barton nolan jonas

    Shola Mcloven


    Mclove has experience in this derby and has scored against the unwashed so i give him the nod over best, i replaced tiote with guthrie cuz when hes in form he is a great passer and can deliver a good ball in the box. seems he played great wednesday and may finally be healthy, think he could hold up the midfield better then smitty and its too risky to start gosling. if the game is too much for guthrie bring gosling on at halftime, ranger and routledge impact attacking subs, and smitty if the game gets dirty can break legs….

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #5

    we need 2 fullbacks and a dm

    but i would ship out loven an try bring in a quality stricker so when AC gets injured we wont struggle to get goals..

    den maby stick a sneaky bid in for van anholt

    den get that that carr dude to try and find another tiote;)

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #6

    any you guy’s see that man utd are after jose enrique aka the bull…..sir alex can shove his juicey fruits up wayne rooney’s hole lol

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #7


    spot on, we need cover at both both fullbacks way more then we need any other position, the only cover we have is perch, or if all 3 center halfs are healthy i.e. willo,colo,tayls (tayls isnt healthy) we could move tayls to fullback and play colo and willo in the center but would rather see tayls at center half because hes better there. Point is we need cover at fullback immediately, and smitty is not cover for tiote, hes not fit to clean tiotes boots….it blows my mind that pardew is chasing wingers and center forwards when we arent desperate in those positioons like we are at fullback and dm

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #8

    never happen jose lovesa newcastle, we need to get him to put pen to a 5 1/2 year deal too

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    If Colo or Willo gets injured or sent off tomorrow who do we replace them with…Perch? Campbell? Seems a bit odd that we loaned out Kadar.

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Team for sunday should be;

    simmo willo colo jose
    jonas barton nolan ferguson
    best shola

  • dave 1961

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #11

    the way pardew decides who plays, depends who woman pardew wants to pester during game. the slug.

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #12

    We cannot under any circumstances start Alan Smith otherwise they will be immediately handed the 3 points:

    Simmo Taylor Colo Jose
    Barton Nolan Guthrie Jonas
    Best Shola

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13

    wayne routledge got a new pair of boots today

    tbh lads i think routledge could do damage against the scum 😉

  • Rylandhall

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #14

    did nobody see what i wrote about Bothroyd?! Sgt Hearty and Baro… Bothroyd has said on his twitter and has now been confirmed on ssn website that he is not interested in coming to us.

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Pards is trying to keep ’em guessing to put off the Scums defensive planning but I’m certain he’ll Start McLovens and Ameobi in order to sacrifice some pace for age/experience in this crucial game for him as Mgr.

    Lovens will be subbed off when he shows fatigue in the 2nd half but Ameobi, deputizing for Carroll, will play through unless he gets in injury or Pards worries he’s in card/ref trouble.

    I’m frankly disappointed Pards couldn’t make either one of the Seb Larsson or Niko Kranckar signings happen this week. I think both represent squandered opportunities ahead of a key period (HBA, Carroll & Tiote are all currently out of the line-up & our up-and-comers not ready for the starting XI in the EPL) for determining how we fare on the table this season.

    Not a key signing this week ahead of our Derby with the Scum and Pards represents our Mgr for the next 5 years…
    Not impressed unless he can pull the team together and come away with at least a draw with this Sunday a key test for him will be can he motivate Nolan, Barton, the Bull and Harps to all be on top form and to get the squad players to play like Hell for Leather!

  • IrishMagpie

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #16

    The team i’d like to see play Sunday.

    Simpson, Williamson, Collo, Jose,
    Routledge, Barton, Nolan, Jonas,
    Best, Shola.

    This is our strongest most experienced team which is what we need in a game of this magnitude.
    Routledge isn’t the best crosser of the ball but he has genuine pace, good skill and will run all day which is why i stuck him in.
    I prefer Best to Lovenkrands cause i think he offers a bit more, not by much though. Lovenkrands for me is just too lightweight and easily bullied off the ball.

    Would love to see Gosling get on for 20 mins or so especially if things are going well.

    People who are saying to put Ferguson in from the start, i think this game is too big an occasion for that. If we’re 2-0 up with 15 mins to go then throw him on to give someone a rest but other than that i wouldn’t play him.

  • jimiley

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Smudger to score a hat-trick. He will come good. Keep the faith.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #18

    So Alan relying on the “senior’ players means Smith will start…….I’d like this one


    Shola will go off by half time if he has not scored with ‘tightness” and Loven will come on. If Wayne is not playing well Smith will come on and drop back giving us a three man midfield with Barton on the right. I’d rather not see Smith at all though.

  • toonbarmy

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Jimiley if smith scores a hat trick I will eat my hat! The only thing I think smith can do as I believe he will start is throw in a silly challenge (very unlike smudge!) On cattermole and receives a yellow and cattermole reacts badly and throws in a silly challenge and gets sent off! Advantage newcastle! Simples

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #20


    ok use guthrie then instead of smith

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #21

    is vukic out?

  • NOVA2967

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #22

    time to buy a back up CDM unless Gosling can play there.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #23

    what the hell does pardew mean when he say’s it will be a massive achivement to beat sunderland at the sos!!! they have only beaten us once since 1980 is he taking the pee

  • 123craig

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #24

    howay mate how stupid do you sound? yeh fair enough he shouldnt have brought tiote on, but how can you blame him for not signing a player yet? its only the 14th and he neer said he would, he said we were hoping go get one in. how manh managers will have said this to their supporters, you cant expect him to wave a magic wand and sign someone staight away. support your team and support the mnager, its the only way forward, you cant keep hoping for chris hughton to come back, never look to the past always look forward, and give pardew the chance he deserves like every other new manager in any club

  • Toonmania

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #25

    on twitter:

    Moose_talkSPORT Ian Abrahams

    Information I have received would suggest that Andy Carroll (my new mate) could leave Newcastle in this transfer window

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #26

    This brought a smile to my face.

    “Shola trained this morning (Friday) and looked good”.

    How’d he do that?

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #27


    Well the Guardian Reporter nailed Pards on somethings in particular…

    “Pardew’s boardroom tactics appear slightly less aggressive. While he evidently hopes Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s owner, will loosen the purse strings and expand a worryingly thin squad, so far at least, his approach seems softly, softly.”

    However as for aggressive on field tactics and Pards – You heard it here 1st I’m predicting more of Pards longball, longball all match long approach about as creative as counting sheep.

    Works okay with Carroll in the line-up… Obvious problem is he’s not and Ameobi may be big enough but is not fit enough to play it and Lovens has neither the size nor fitness for it so SAFC’s defence should have a right picnic picking up all but the most precise of Barton’s crosses & set-piece plays.

    Hopefully the lads get inventive on their own and make a few runs (e.g. Spiderman, Nolan even Guthrie) and Bent has a bad day!

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Toonmania…The Moose is notorious for talking shite…

  • colwell

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Am I missing something, We can`t seem to attract anyone. Even average players like Larsson and bothroyd don`t want too know.

    People on here saying we need RB and LB cover and DM cover, WHY? as we all know we aren`t going to sign 5/6 players so why do you want too bring in cover?. We have too weak areas in our starting11 RW and CF surely this needs sorting first.

    Andy Carroll will be sold at some point, like Pards said Fat Ash has told him Carroll won`t be sold in this window, ok then off he goes in the summer and the way we`re attracting players we`ll end up with Owen again for free!

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #30

    @toonmania re Carroll

    I have always maintained that I do not put it past Fat Mike to sell Carroll but he’ll be looking top dollar. Can’t see it happening b/c right now I don’t see who would be offering enough to tempt the man with the Big Belly to sell his top asset down the river when he’ll be worth even more in just 1 to 2 more years!

  • gorskino10

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #31

    I hope not Loven is only good for running about and all Ameobi can do is a few taps ins with no workrate, we need to play Ranger everyone is soo fickle he hasnt had enough chances to score, when has he played back to back 90’s, when has he even played 90 Mins? he offers workrate and help to Ameobi who needs it he may not score but for everything Ranger can do he is the best option, Best is hit and miss, had one good game rather lucky followed by a poor one and Loven runs but cannot hold the ball up or do anything like that.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #32

    we wouldn’t even get owen, i hope the moose is talking shite but the thing that i cannot understand is that carroll tweeted himself this morning and said he was fully fit and couldn’t wait for the derby, i’ve got a nasty feeling about this Carroll has not played at all in Jan and i don’t beleive what Pardew is saying about carroll’s injury in that they still don’t know how bad it is, sounds to me like they are stalling.
    it’s also funny how old floppy chops at spurs has gone quiet over carroll that bloke only goes quiet when he doesn’t what someone to know something is going on

  • Toonmania

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #33

    willowdalerez, when has ashley ever done anything a sane owner would??

  • wynsleap

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #34

    What can we expect if Smith plays against the Mackems?
    Someone being assigned to wind him up and get him sent off.
    Rash tackles that will probably do the job anyway for that person.
    Stupid free kicks on the edge of the box bringing totally unnecessary pressure.
    Smith should be kept away from this game. His day has gone. We should be playing footballers with some style and drive, not has-beens without pace and legs trying valiantly to make up for their lack of both with embarrassing, misguided “committment”.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Toonmania…according to a few bloggers on here Carroll doesn’t have a twitter account…however you are rightly wary of Ashley’s intentions with regard to Carroll’s future…..i find it odd that Carroll was sent on holiday to Dubai on his own during the transfer window….maybe to get him away from his agent while NUFC and Spurs thrash out a deal behind his back….who knows

  • colwell

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #36

    The annoying thing is all the teams we are competing with are making alot of movements in the window. We NEED too otherwise we could be in trouble.

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Well said wynsleap!

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonmania, Carroll was injured in the Tottenham game. He pulled up and looked worried as did the bank. Or do you think it was Carroll acting? Pardew says to Andy “listen Andy we intend to sell you, so pull up in the last quarter so it looks as if you’re injured so we don’t have to risk you till your sold”?

  • colwell

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Carrolls last game was at Spurs right? Hasn`t played since. Been in London to see a specialist(Harry?) on a thigh injury that they still don`t know the extent of. Been in Dubai for a week maybe meeting people away from the press in England?? Too many things surrounding this that don`t make sense????

  • PalmerToon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Listen guys keep the faith with Alan, I have no doubt we will get at least 1, maybe 2 players in before the end of the window, we forget there is 2 weeks. The only that are making moves in the transfer window are Birmingham, and I believe they are panic buying which isn’t a good thing to do. Newcastle aren’t in birmingham’s position, we are playing well and got a decent league position. As the old saying goes, why fix it if it’s not broken? Pardew knows the type of player he wants, and I trust him to deliver.


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