The news in the Newcastle Journal this morning is that Newcastle are still hoping to sign Modibo Maiga from Sochaux or Nolan Roux from Brest.
Modibo Maiga – Newcastle still interested
Maiga was in the Sochaux side yesterday that beat St. Etienne 2-1 at home, but Roux wasn’t even on the bench for the Stade Rennes 3-2 win over Caen.
We don’t know if that means anything, but between the two we’d much prefer Maiga, probably because we don’t know too much about Nolan Roux.
The transfer window closes at 11:00pm on Wednesday night, so we hope we can get at least one striker in before then, and also a left back, but we’d also like a replacement for the departed Joey Barton too – but three players in is now looking very dubious..
The Journal today is reporting that Newcastle still want to do a deal for Erik Pieters of PSV, but there is news today in the Daily Mail that the club have done a deal, at £5M, for 20 year-old Italian International full-back Davide Santon.
So those two pieces of news don’t seem to be consistent, unless Newcastle are bringing in both Pieters and Santon.
But Pardew is still hopeful of getting new faces in by Wednesday evening:
“Hopefully, we will get over the line this week. There is nothing to update, we are at a point where in a few days we will know. I had hoped we would get one over the line by Sunday, it is frustrating.”
And Demba Ba looked hopeless on Thursday night at Scunthorpe when he started that game, but Ba put in a much better performance yesterday as a sub.
And we know the Senegal International has been participating in Ramadan, but that ends today, so we hope to see Demba Ba play like he did earlier this year, when he was at West Ham.
Alan Pardew talked about the striker and the fact Newcastle have started this season so well:
“Demba has had a tricky start,” “I won’t go into detail. He is a great lad and will get goals for us. It is great to get a positive cameo from him.”
“We have won three games this week and in professional football, or at whatever level, that is some going,” “You can’t disguise the fact that in a week we lost Joey after losing José Enríque that we needed people to come out of the pack.”
“I think Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi are doing that and Leon Best did that here. But we need reinforcements. I am not going to disguise that. We need reinforcements.”
“It is significant to start life after Barton with a win. He is a large personality. The club is always bigger than the individual. It is about other players making a name for themselves here.”
“Contrary to what you hear, we had a great relationship and I wish him well. Football moves quickly. We have seven points out of a really tough program.”
The lads have found a way to win their last three games, after being outplayed in the first half in each of them, and when we got through to half time yesterday, we were quite confident.
It was helped by the fact that in injury time in that first half Newcastle created three good chances, and then of course Leon scored his first goal just three minutes into the second half.
Another Best goal and three great saves by young goalkeeper Tim Krul, helped Newcastle record their third win in a row yesterday and 7 points from the first three league games.
It seems we’ve had the rub of the green in all four games this season, but we’re not complaining.
Howay The Lads!!