Unlikely Pardew Will Bring In Another Striker

The Newcastle squad are back on Tyneside today, having flown back yesterday afternoon from their mini four-day break in Portugal, which by all accounts was a very successful training camp.

Alan Pardew – good shot of Newcastle manager

With the bad news on Andy Carroll this week – heaven only knows how long the striker will not be out of action – Alan Pardew has today insisted he does not have to move into the transfer market for another striker, to fill in for the big lad from Gateshead.

As we heard earlier this week, Carroll was not even able to do some running during Newcastle’s training camp in Faro, Portugal  this week, and he’s seeing a specialist in Sweden today about his troublesome thigh injury.

Pardew, though, is still not ruling Carroll out of the tough game with Arsenal a week tomorrow at home, when Newcastle are likely to launch an aerial attack on the Arsenal central defense.

Pardew told the local Evening Chronicle today that he was still hopeful of bringing somebody on board by the end of the transfer window, but he also said there would be no panic buying.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Andy’s injury does not change my thinking in the transfer window.”

“Maybe it would have if Shola, Besty, Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands had not done so well.”

“However, we are not going to be bringing in a panic buy.”

“This will not change the course of events in the next few days.”

We notice the £5.7M signing from Deportivo, Xisco, isn’t even mentioned there by the manager.

The last thing we want at Newcastle is panic buying,  and if there are no suitable players to bring to the club this month, so be it, and the club  shouldn’t bring others in – just for the sake of it.

Remember, there have been a  lot of bad buys made in January, and some are being made right now, and it’s always much harder for new players to adjust in January, than it is when they are brought in during the summer, and have a full pre-season to get adjusted.

Just look at Kevin Nolan as one example of somebody who initially struggled after being brought in two years ago. When Alan Shearer managed the club in those last 8 games, Kevin didn’t even make the bench in some of those games.

Now he’s Newcastle’s captain, and a huge player for the club.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    didnt kev have a few injury problems in that season, i am sure when we bought him he wasnt even fully fit

  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Well of course Xisco isn’t mentioned – he hasn’t played therefore he hasn’t had a chance to “do well” as Pardew says.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Obafemi martin joined Birmingham

    Xisco joining boro?

  • Sinner

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    F***k you PARDEW!

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    brutoon did you just make that second sentence up

  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    But the question is will Xisco be given a chance to prove his stuff to the club….

  • Sinner

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Im getting sick of this guy now. 🙁
    We should have sold Ameobi to Birmingham,then try getting Oba on loan.
    But no, Mr Pardew thinks Ameobi is the next Ginola, terrific boy and Best is the Next George Best!!! :3
    I know its a difficult market but seeing teams like West Ham and Birmingham bringing some really good players to their team just gets over me. 🙁

  • boater

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Hmmm bearing in mind how constipated we’ve been in the transfer market, I might have been tempted to bring oba back for the rest of the season. Carroll, smith, gosling plus arfa gonna need time and rest,, – that’s 4 players down since the season started FFS,,, surely someone needs to be brought in – even if it;s just a loan.

  • Davies

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    This is the problem I’ve had with Xisco. He’s had so few opportunities to prove himself, and has acquitted himself relatively well when he has (a goal on his debut and an assist against Villa this season). If it’s a lack of commitment in training, he should either be disciplined or moved on. We’re going to need to utilise the whole squad in remainder of this season because of the injuries we have. It just seems really odd that he doesn’t come into the manager’s thinking. Not just AP, all of the managers.

  • boater

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    @Sinner – selling our most senior striker ameobi – who has 7 goals this season, and was a lot of people’s MOTM against the mackems,, for peanuts to birmingham ! JUST WHEN we have an injury to our no. 9 you’re a genius!!! The club missed a trick there.

    Replace him with a striker on loan – who has scored about 5 goals in the 18 months since he left our club! Mate, your football insight is stunning.

  • daneevz

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    i think he should give Xisco a game or too coz i would hate to sell him on and he turns out to be a quality player.

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #12

    boater spot on mate well said. The football knowledge of some of the people that come on here is stunning!!!!!!!!

  • geoff777

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    You have to guess that Xisco doesn’t impress in training.
    If he was banging in goals for fun at Benton he’d surely have impressed one of the managers we’ve had at the club.
    Might as well loan him to Boro and see if given a run in their team he impresses.

    It is a strange situation as he has looked decent when he has played for the first team.

  • free giveaways

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    I just can’t understand why we aren’t trying to sign Carlos Vela. He’s a great young player, quite similar to Giuseppe Rossi.

    Surly if Bolton can afford to take him on loan then we can.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Just imagine, shola and martins could be the next nigerian strike partnership. Legendary!!

    I’m not a big fan of best but I think given more starts he will get us the goals we need, as long as we keep are most creative men around him. Barton makes things happen, and jonas on his day. Nolan makes holes in defences with his movement. Let’s be posetive

  • gorskino10

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    @boater but 4 are in the league, which is rather poor where he has featured most of the season and has only played 1 less game than Andy (who scored another 7 goals more than him and ALSO 3 more assists) just dont think he can cut it as a main player a sub maybe but he isnt good enough for a starting role which he will get week in week out if fit! i dont agree with selling him but we need to a buy a striker to take the role off him maybe someone like Didier Ya Konan (Ivorian) who at a weak-ish team has 10 goals in 17 in the league he is a proven scorer unlike Ameobi who has NEVER been a proven scorer.

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree he should be given a chance, I did read an interview with Pardew (off an article on News Now) and from what I could gather he seemed to make comments about Xisco as he did Ranger (Attitude in training). Maybe he’s getting annoyed at not getting the chance to show what he can do on a consistant basis. I’d like to try the team out below for the Fulham match even if it’s for 60 mins and then changes are made:

    ***Simpo***Willo***Colo***El Toro***


    Ranger/Best 60mins
    Lovenkrands 80mins

    This is purely dependant on signings, if we do (we can all wish) sign a striker by Monday I’d throw them straight in Xisco’s place and bring Xisco on in 80th minute instead of Loven!

    Any news on the apparant “Guest” at Jesmond Dene Hotel? Coozy said he would find out today did he not?


  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    rossi was never suited for the pl, but vela may be good but he is far from prolific. he has some nice footwork though

  • free giveaways

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Wow I just heard the news about Oba Martins. Surly we should have tried to sign him? I know he can be very frustrating at times, his touch and awareness can be poor, but he scores goals and has got pace.

    It does make you wonder why he’s ended up at Brum, I would have thought bigger clubs would have been interested in him.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    *are creative men, should have been OUR creative men lol

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m gutted that we havnt snapped up oba! Totsky gutted!

  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22

    martins is probably about as prolific as steven taylor and brings nothing else to the field whatsoever

  • GeordieJordy

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #23

    I am getting F*****G sick of this, how can clubs like Birmingham get Martins and we can get f**K all!?? Pardew needs to wake up, we are loosing players due to injury and the hard work that they have to put in every week, this wage crap needs to be sorted aswell, Xisco is on about £50,000 a week!!, get rid of him and we can replace him with a striker who is WORTH that wage, or GET A PLAYER ON LOAN!!! FFS

  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #24

    @ lewman. Just had a similar discussion at work re martins. I would dissagree, simply because, even during his poorer games, he terrified defences into screwing up, and things happened. Trouble was at the time, no one seemed to get up into the box and feed off it. Bellamy was exactly the same, but got more assists because a certain Mr shearer was in the right place at the right time.

  • geoff777

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Oba …? Remember the relegation season … no thanks.

    You have to guess Pardew hasn’t been given any cash to spend.

    We might get Ireland on loan. I guess that Llambias is waiting to the last minute to try to get a good deal on wages and a price to buy clause?

    Ireland could be a fantastic signing if he can be motivated and regain his form.
    Coming to NUFC where the team spirit is so good might be perfect for the lad.

    HBA and Ireland would be very good business.


  • Toon XI

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #26

    We need pace and Martins would have brought that. We do not threaten defences with our speed. Markaccus is spot on about the fear a speedy forward strikes into a defensive unit.

    Disappointed that Martins went to Brum. Doesn’t surprise me though. Pardew has been lying to us all this whole month. He has been playing a game to keep the natives calm. He and Ashley knew from the beginning that HBA would be our only signing.

    Pathetic really.

  • Newcastle Rock

    Jan 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #27


  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #28

    i think we should sign jo on loan from city he did well for everton when he was there on loan he is prob on a big wage but we could pay part of that and surely he would do better than strola and he aint playing for city at the mo an a talent we mist from carlise gary madine seen him play a few times and he had bags of potential

  • warwick

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    I’laxed about the window…think we will be fine. Whats the point in getting mugged off signing for the sake of it to appease some fans who think it’s their right to get a player in january.
    And martins? Aside from getting a player who took us down and was connected to the old…bahaha he’s shiiite!

  • scrotty

    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m just sick of the way Pardew bleats on about the transfer window without actually saying anything.

    Either bring someone in or don’t nut please stop it with these meaningless interviews

  • Bentley

    Jan 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Sign me Pardew I’ll score many goals

  • chuck

    Jan 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #32

    So whats new ?
    Why does everyone expect big name signings, simply because we have a different manager.
    Nothing has changed and if you read between the lines of Pardew`s statements, no panic buys etc. read “he`s not going to spring for any big signings “

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #33

    it will be time to panic iff we get anymore injurys

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #34


  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #35

    I know you lot say he talks bollox which may well be the case, but check his twitter: Top of the feed


  • Brutooon

    Jan 29, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #36

    sell Ameobi, Buy Obafemi

    1) Oba is younger than Ameobi
    2) Oba will work well with Carroll (like Shearer-Bellamy partnership)
    3) Oba can shoot from long distance (well sometimes very high but at least he is trying)
    4) Oba is International Proven. Very experience player
    5) Ameobi pass his best

  • BudroBeardo

    Jan 29, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #37

    Arsenal’s Carlos Vela just joint WBA on loan. Another one we’ve lost out…


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