It’s really frustrating that Newcastle didn’t get a top striker in this summer.
Leon Best – after scoring first goal on Sunday
But once we saw Newcastle were in very late last night for FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz, that smelled of desperation, which we pointed out in our report, and so it turned out to be.
But of course Newcastle are not exactly where we were on February 1st, one day after Andy Carroll’s sale to Liverpool, because we did add to our striker ranks in the summer.
Newcastle brought in free agent Demba Ba, so the four strikers Newcastle have to do the business at least until January are Demba Ba, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best.
20 year-old Nile Ranger is still around, but his career at the Magpies would appear to be over.
The two players who are now vital to Newcastle up front are new boy Demba Ba, and of course Leon Best.
Best showed in January that he can bang those goals in when he’s given a chance, and at least the positive after yesterdays’ failure to bring in a top striker, is that Leon will get another big chance at Newcastle.
And we think this lad can get the job done for Newcastle once again.
His two good goals on Sunday against Fulham got Newcastle all three points, and he knows what it’s like to score goals in front of Newcastle fans – it’s just fabulous.
And with Newcastle seemingly short again in the striker department, we look to Leon to again do the job for Newcastle, and we think he can do exactly that.
While most Newcastle fans are disappointed that a top striker did not join the club, Leon will be happy he will get his chance again at Newcastle. Take it Leon.
And now poor Alan Pardew, whose job it was to identify the players he needs, but it’s then up to LLambias and others to get them into the club, will again have to explain why his two bosses, LLambias and Ashley failed to get the job done.
At least it will be interesting, but on the positive side of things, Newcastle brought in some good talent this summer, although we lost some valuable experience in Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, and that’s a concern.
The pick of the new arrivals are probably Yohan Cabaye and Davide Santon, and we wonder if Newcastle managed to sign 20 year old Frenchman Danny Situ?
But we expect to still do quite well this season, and hope we can be in the upper half of the table come January.
Wonder what free agents are out there that Newcastle could still sign?
Comments always welcome.