It looks like Newcastle will be relying on Demba Ba to score the goals next season for Newcastle.
Demba Ba – let’s hope he can score the goals
But fans would like to see at least one more striker signed, and it looks like Newcastle have been stopped dead in their tracks as far as strikers Kevin Gameiro and Mevlut Erdinc are concerned, and both deals are dead in the water now.
Newcastle will not pay out £20M for Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, although he would seem to be a perfect striker for Newcastle and only 21 years old, and we mentioned yesterday, a loan deal for the season is the best Newcastle can do.
There was news a day or two ago that Newcastle were in for 24 year-old Shane Long from Reading, but there’s been no real evidence that Newcastle are interested in this player.
And there are supposedly three strikers on the continent that Newcastle have identified an interest in, but since Marveaux was surprisingly signed on June 18th, no further transfer business has been carried out on Tyneside.
Pardew wants one more consistent goal-scorer at Newcastle, and that doesn’t look too good for the strikers already at Newcastle like Best, Ameobi and Lovenkrands.
Pardew says that Ben Arfa and Gosling will also have to score some goals next season too:
“They offer a goal threat. I think at times we missed that ‘je ne sais quoi’ at times last year.” “Hatem, in particular, offers that.
“We are a bit different to last year. We lost our captain and we have four or five new players who need to know exactly how we play and how we do the things we do.”
“This gives me the chances, being here, to do that.”
Newcastle must have known that in July in the mid-west of America, the weather is really hot and steaming all around America, for that matter.
Pardew said this today about the heat:
“The locals have been telling me it is about five degrees hotter than usual, but that won’t do us any harm.”
So rather than being 95 degrees F regularly, it is now 100 degrees F.
But it’s a lot cooler in Newcastle for sure, and I hear quite a bit of rain has been falling there recently.
My wife Madeline is over in Newcastle right now, and doesn’t return until early August – to get away from the heat for five weeks or so.
What’s that saying again about mad dogs and Englishmen?
Cabaye now has his US visa , and since he’s new to Newcastle it may have been worthwhile for him to have jetted out for the last couple of games on the American tour, so he could spend time with his new team mates. He could have had seven days with the squad.
Pardew talked about the hitch with Cabaye:
“It was a minor incident involving a bill. He claims he paid it, and they claim he didn’t.”
“It’s one of those situations, but for us, very frustrating. There was no talking them around, and unfortunately the process was too long for us to rectify it.”
That bill that was supposedly unpaid, was a Dentist’s bill.
But Cabaye is now with the Reserve team party who are touring Holland.