Newcastle Need Two New Strikers In Summer – Make That Three

To say Newcastle were absolutely toothless up front this afternoon at Anfield  is probably a huge understatement.

Alan Pardew – put his best spin on the game

But a statistic we heard today, and checked it out as accurate, is that in the 12 games Newcastle have played since January 31st, they have failed to score in exactly half of them.

Newcastle looked so bad up front today, that I had another look for my boots, just in case I could find them, and I’m sure I’m not the only Newcastle fan who thought they could do no worse up front today.

To be honest,  it was absolutely woeful, and maybe a good strategy this week is to criticize Ameobi and Lovenkrands, so that they come out next Saturday against a woeful Birmingham side, and show us what they can really do.

And quite honestly, when that first goal went in after only 10 minutes,  we wondered how Newcastle could get back into the game – because they would need to score a goal to do that.

Newcastle tried their very best, there’s no doubting that, but they were simply nowhere near the class of Liverpool, and there’s not too much Alan Pardew could say following a sound defeat, which could have been even worse than 3-0  if the truth be told.

This is what Pardew said following the game to Sky Sports News:

“If we had scored that would Liverpool have been able to break out of the slumber we have got them in?””I thought the second goal was crucial in the game.”

“We took the game to them after the first goal but couldn’t quite find a moment in the box before half-time.”

“We had a good chance with Joey just after half-time and I would expect him to score that.”  “If we had scored that would Liverpool have been able to break out of the slumber we had got them in?”

“Unfortunately for us Mike Williamson made a mistake which cost us the second goal, albeit outside the box by the looks of it.”

It’s all woulda coulda shoulda – if they hadn’t scored those three goals and we had taken our chances we could have won the game.

Yes – exactly – but the game didn’t go that way – and Liverpool deservedly scored three more goals than Newcastle today, and took all three points very comfortably.

Sorry to interrupt the fairy tale with some facts.

Liverpool outclassed Newcastle this afternoon, and showed the Tyneside club, that they have a long climb back to where we were under the great Bobby Robson. But we knew that before today’s game and we didn’t expect to get anything out of today in any case.

We were more upset with the performance  last week, when we threw two points away at Blackpool, and that was  after holding Manchester United to a point four days before the game at Bloomfield Road.

Newcastle didn’t fully turn up against Blackpool, a side we should have been able to beat – especially after they took all 3 points from us at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew had better make that six or seven new players in the summer, and a fair number of strikers amongst them,  and some players who can put the ball into the back of net.

That’s if we are to have any chance of ending up in the top eight next season, forget the top six – there’s no chance of that.

But that’s where we are right now,  and this summer transfer window will show us all, if the powers that be at the club, know just how poor Newcastle really are,  when compared with the top teams in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

219 comments so far

  • MarkO

    May 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    We need three strikers three midfielders and two defenders.

  • stuart no9

    May 1, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #2

    3 strikers, 3 midfielders, 2 defenders, 1 new manager, 1 new owner 1 new sidekick

  • NickeAlvaro

    May 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t have said we were outclassed, I thought we had some extended periods of control in the middle of the park.
    Unfortunately as nicely pointed out in the article, we were hapless up top. For me that was the difference.

  • Andy

    May 1, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #4

    i think we defo need 1 top striker, then one like Shane long. Don’t think we need three as best can still do a job and ranger will have one more years experience

  • Rotonda heights

    May 1, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I know some people now think of KK as a bitter twisted litte man, but listening to his comments today convinced me he is right. the happiest day for NUFC fans will be the day Ashley leaves.

    Ashley clearly has no ambition for the club whatsoever and is a perpetual liar which has been proved time and again. That is quite apart from the mythical 20m he was meant to be pumping in annually in transfer funds which simply has never materialised.

    No it’s not the lack of money for players, it’s the appointments of JFK ad Pardwho that indicate he has no genuine concern for the club’s future development and we can only pray Ashley and his fellow creeps are out of here sooner rather than later.

  • Kurt

    May 1, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Stuart no9, have no faith in the manager less the owner

  • Jose Enrique

    May 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7

    2 New Strikers
    1 New Winger
    1 New Centre Back
    1 New Right Back

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #8

    we need to buy gervinhio long sow LARSON elmander lens gamerio bt there is news tat he wants to go to a team in spanish league a new left back if ENRIQUE leaves and have to get rid of xisco smith campbell lovenkrAnds ameobi

  • Toonmania

    May 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Talking of a new owner has anyone heard anymore about the news that was being reported on twitter or is this info to be ignored?


    May 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Danny Simpson is getting is getting attacked on Twitter due to today….FFS I thought it was pathetic when Gibson was, the Davies was this morning…now Simpson some fans are very sad human beings imo

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    we need to buy gervinhio long sow LARSON elmander lens gamerio bt there is news tat he wants to go to a team in spanish league a new left back if ENRIQUE leaves and have to get rid of xisco smith campbell lovenkrAnds ameobi NUFC for life

  • arfa chance

    May 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #12

    6 pts from the next 3 games, achievable and Benny boy back for the last two games, maybe gosling too. HWTL

  • arfa chance

    May 1, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Fergie next season will be a player on the left, move Jonas to right, laughing.

  • Oba

    May 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #14

    We really need some strikers. And a new defence.

    Midfield is fairly strong but either side of them we are weakest.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    kalou from chelski ??? could we get him ?? or sow ?
    or or or CAVANI ??;)

  • max

    May 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #16

    i heard chelsea want to make 18M for lukaku.. i think we can match this price also.. that just what i read..

    here my sggestion, i dont know if this is relevance… but can we try to sign Ibrahimovic??? his market price now already dropped. if we try, we can get him 20-30M.. if he accept.. this is just my opinion.. and secondly,, luuk de jong from twente.. he plays like carroll but better finisher… everyone???

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #17

    no way we could get Ibrahimovic 🙁


    May 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #18

    in order of post

    Kalou I would love to get but we couldnt match what Chelsea would want for him

    Sow maybe

    Cavani……mate I have no words for telling you just how much he wouldnt want to come here sorry bud

    Ibrahimovic see above

    And we wont match a 18m bid for a kid…..or for anyone for that matter


    May 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #19

    V beta loan out strola nxt season to blue squar premier league.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #21

    WWJBD cavani was a joke lol 🙂

  • veto

    May 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Talks a good game padrew, shame his teams don’t play one .

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #23

    I think everyone should just stop whining. This article is incredibly exagerated.

    When we draw with Arsenal and United, everyone says we need a couple more players. Now we lose to a team who spent £55million in JANUARY and everyone thinks we need a new squad.


    We already have two new signing for next season in Benny and Gosling. And this morning everyone was saying “We wont concede many because our defence is very strong”. Now its “Our defence is awful, we need 100 more defenders”…

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    May 1, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #24

    I do not care who comes in as long as that donkey strolla is sold to whoever wants him most.

  • arfa chance

    May 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Good post Toondownsouth some ppl need a reality check

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 1, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    We need 2 strikers a creative midfielder a CB, RB & LB. Also for our next game drop Williamson he is just not up to the PL get Steve Taylor back in alongside Colo

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 1, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #27

    kalou 15 mill?? sow 13 mill ??


    May 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #28

    xXl NUFC lXx
    ah right my mistake bud haha I read that and then Ibra and thought I better nip this in the bud before we get on to Messi and Ronaldo coming in haha 🙂

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #29

    @ arfa chance,

    your positive posts amidst this sea of negativity inspired me 😉 lol

  • Greg B

    May 1, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Aweful today, plain and simple.

    Changing the subject for a moment – WTF WAS THAT THING THAT FELL OFF THE ROOF? 🙂


    May 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #31

    @Macnoble , I agree, I would sell dat donkey for free 2 any clubs around da world

  • nolan4

    May 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Players In
    Elmander Free
    Gameiro or Gervinho

    Players out

    can’t wait to finally see D.Gosling and H. Ben Arfa nxt season !!!

  • boater

    May 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #33

    I am stunned at people blaming individuals, and how a couple of signings will change everything. That sounds like the old talk of the past. Have we learnt owt?


    I keep reading we are rubbish up front all of a sudden. I knaa we aren’t great but I can’t remember one clear cut chance – there was no service – nil – nada. OK neither striker came back deep and created something for themselves out of nothing – but it’s a long time since we had any striker capable of that,, most premiership sides don’t.

    We aren’t creating chances.. heads are down, passing is lethargic looking and the team spirit has all but gone.

    Pardew is a massive source of concern for me. He didn’t send the team out with any self-belief today. Gervinho, Ben Arfa, Long – take your pick. Put them in a demotivated team and they will go the same way.

    Oh aye. Seriously, Williamson’s had a fantastic debut season at this level.. stop scapegoating. Nae wonder they all leave these days.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 1, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #34

    WWJBD haha 😀

  • scdoty

    May 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #35


    Agreed, but everybody is entitled to there own opinion.

    Im happy this season, its been long and painful at times. However at the start of the season I was happy with 17th. So anything else is a bounus.

    Most other squads have the abilitiy to rotate, we have not. Players must be hanging out there arse. And before anybody says they get payed enough. Yes i know but fatigue will still catch up on them.

    Lets look to next season, the summer spending (However much/or little).

    Because we will all be here, still all moaning, still knowing more about football, tactics, transfers than anybody else, who is good/who isnt.

    Thats why were Toon fans, we Fooking love a good moan. But we love our Team more than anything.


  • boater

    May 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36


    Shola is like the pet dog to you. When you are annoyed you just need to kick at something to make yourself fell better. I can’t remember Lovenk, Nolan touching the sodd’n ball today. Did Barton manage to find a single team mate with 173 dead ball deliveries?

    If he does go you realise you’ll need another punch bag – sure you’ll find someone like.

  • lee rob

    May 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Alright lads 1st timer here , how about podolski and sturidge for our front two next year ,what you think?

  • Graeme

    May 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Dont know which game you lot watched but – It showed every weakness we have in every department!!
    We have NO striker worthy of the name.
    We have NO creativity in midfield.
    We have NO Awareness, Vision, Defensive ability in the back four – they were a complete shambles today

    Other than that – the TOON are fine – I hope FCB was watching, maybe after today he will understand what is going to be needed to enable this team to achieve his stated vision!! Unless of course its all fairy tales, again!!!

    God help us.


    May 1, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Well said boater

  • Al-ToOn

    May 1, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #40

    We need a mixture of strikers. Lacina Traore would be a complete gamble but at 6’8 and a load of pace he would fit the EPL style. He would cost £4m? Shane long would be a great signing, not a high value player but could be a lower league gem.£4m again? Finally we should not buy Sow as he’s a one season wonder. 3rd striker should be someone for £12-15m someone who will be a slick striker one who can create a goal by themselves. Gervinho? Sturridge? Gameiro? Dempsey? Lukaku?

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