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Can Newcastle’s Strikers Get The Job Done Until January?

6:08 pm, Monday, September 5th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

There’s a good question as to whether Newcastle have enough striking prowess at the club, to see us through until January comes around, when presumably Newcastle can try again to buy a top-class striker.

Leon Best - can get the job done again for Newcastle

I have a feeling that we’ll do just fine until then. with Demba Ba, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and young Sammy Ameobi as the available strikers.

And Newcastle may still have Nile Ranger on board, although we have a feeling he may still be sent out on loan during the loan period which begins this week, whatever Newcastle say about only wanting to sell him.

Nile seems to have absolutely no future at Newcastle, and would be the 6th striker in the pecking order at the club,  if he stays.

Demba Ba has proved he is Premier League class early this year when he hit 7 goals in 13 appearances for West Ham United.

And Leon Best proved at Newcastle early this year that he can score goals in the Premier League with 6 goals in 12 appearances for the Magpies, including a fine hat-trick against West Ham in his very first start in the Premier League.

So between them,  Demba Ba and Leon Best scored a combined 13 goals in a joint 25 appearances earlier this year, which is not too bad at all.

And Leon showed he can still get the goals against Fulham, with two fine opportunist second half goals that gave Newcastle all 3 points against a very decent Fulham side.

Certainly, if the two of them can recapture that kind of form for Newcastle through Christmas, we should be alright.

And there’s always the experienced Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands, and it seems that young Sammy Ameobi can make a great impact substitute too.

With his unorthodox style, speed and he showed he can even use his right foot now and again, when he scored that  great winner at Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup.

Most fans were very disappointed that Newcastle didn’t manage to sign a top striker last Wednesday, but the strikers at Newcastle on the other hand will be pleased they will be given another chance to show what they can do.

And we think they can produce the goods once again, much  like they did earlier this year, after Andy Carroll left the club in late January.

But of course we don’t want them to do too well, because the way Mike Ashley thinks, if the strikers do really well, he’ll assert we don’t need another striker.

And Ashley will not buy another striker and the club could end up not having spent any of the £35M the club received for Andy Carroll to replace him, and would you believe it – Kevin Keegan would be proved  absolutely  correct.

Earlier this year Kevin had said Newcastle would spend none of the money they had taken in for Carroll, and at the time it seemed a ludicrous suggestion, but the net transfer money spent by Newcastle over the summer was zero.

However,  on the positive side,  Newcastle still managed to get some very good players into the club such as Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and young Davide Santon.

So our gut feeling is that the strikers at Newcastle will get the job done for the team before Christmas - let us know what you think.

Can Newcastle's Strikers Get The Job Done Until January?

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Tags: Demba Ba · Leon Best · Newcastle News · Peter Lovenkrands · Poll · Sammy Ameobi · Shola Ameobi


93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Yes, they can.

    Gosling starts for U-21s tonight!

  • 2 geoff777 // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    You can’t really say yes or no … only not sure because it’s a massive gamble.

  • 3 Mr.TooN // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    We like 2 sign the young what about this kid

  • 4 Andy // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    MMBP good stuff. Be interested to watch the lad as i missed him when we played scunny. How did marveaux play that game also?

  • 5 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    I think Leon Best can be a top, top striker….IF he stays fit this season. He’s yet to have a pro-longed run in the team, but when he has played his goal record has been very good. Also I was there for the 4-4 game with Arsenal and although Joey Barton & Tiote got the headlines that day, Best scored one, had one wrongly ruled out for offside and won the foul for the penalty.

    Best reminds me just a little bit of Andy Cole and that can’t be no bad thing!

  • 6 DJM TOON // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

  • 7 barryvenison // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Depends on your definition of “getting the job done” Will they try to score goals? Yes. Are they good enough to start for NUFC? No.

  • 8 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM


    Marveaux was our best player 1st half, put in a few quality crosses from the left, but that’s really scant praise, as the first-half we were abysmal. Second-half he played a more central conservative role, did ok. Played the whole 120 mins and looked decent, all things considered. Will improve and become a genuine challenger for Jonas, with fitness.

  • 9 BiffBaffBoff // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM


    I think Best has earned the right to start for NUFC this year. 1 goal every 2 games says it all. If he can stay clear of injuries he’s going to get roughly 15 goals this season for sure, and I don’t think any of our strikers have managed that since Shearer. Ba as well has a 1 goal in 2 games record for the past 5-6 seasons and now that Ramadan is over with, I think we’ll begin to see the best of him and his form will improve.

  • 10 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM


    At the end of the day it’s a completely moot question.

    Even if they scored 50 goals between them (I’m exagerating for effect obviously), then imagine how much better we would have done with a better striker up front.

  • 11 Dannyo // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    I’d say the vote results are pretty convincing so far.
    Usually allot more votes tho, but u can see which way it’s going.
    I reckon Ba and Best could be an interesting partnership.
    IF we indeed do go with two strikers, which is highly doubtfull…

  • 12 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM


    If they did score 50 goals between them, they WOULD be the better striker you crave…

    personally don’t care if it comes from a youth team player coming through the ranks, a £100m signing or an alien from the planet Zod, if we can get 20-25 goals out of someone this season I’ll be very pleased!

  • 13 Robby Bobson // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Depends what you mean by get the job done?

    Keep us ticking over, yes definately, they did it from january to the summer last season…

    plus we have Ba and HBA to add to that, whilst best spend alot of that time injured as well.

    People criticise him, even pards, but his goal record in the premiership you simply cant argue with. He also can challenge in the air, hold the ball up and has a bit of pace too.

  • 14 stuart no9 // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    1 thing you can be 100% sure of is, whoever they put out will give their all to try and score , without a doubt , is that going to be good enough? i dont think we are going to score many goals. we are going to face some good sideswith good defenders( better than what we have faced in the last 3 games) and with that in mind i would say we are going to struggle we need a world class goal scorer , we havnt got 1.

  • 15 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    It’s less of a risk than starting the season with a youth team product, with 1 Prem goal to his name, like we did last season. Simple.

  • 16 Robby Bobson // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Dont know if its been mentioned before, but James Mcfadden is without a club, reckon could do a decent job in the hole when HBA is out…better than McLoven anyway.

  • 17 Andy // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Gosling starting right side of front 3 for the u21s tonight. Cheers for the reply MMBP good signs. Hopefully he gets a run out v qpr

  • 18 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I can never cast my vote on my laptop, always get: “Your last request is still being processed, please wait a while…”

    By the way, it isn’t through luck that Best always gets chances, we’re far more dangerous with him in the team. He’s still only 24 too. Could be as good as Darren Bent, in my opinion – very similar.

  • 19 observer9 // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    You assume the board will buy a top striker in the Jan window! I am not holding my breathe they will, they will probably go for a very cheap option or not at all! Watch this space.

  • 20 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    IF Best and Ba stay fit and get a few goals and IF we finally sign someone in January for say £10m (i.e. £25m less than we got for the Liverpool Bench Warmer) then it will be seen as a stroke of genius.

    I’m no apologist for the club but its an extremely fine line betweren success and disaster….and I’m still more concerned re. CB situation which is near crisis.

  • 21 naithaniel // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    I reckon the lads can get it done until January. If Best hits top form he could be massive for us. Ba looks to be improving and I’m sure he’ll find the net soon.

    I’m frustrated with the amount of time we invested in Ranger at the back end of last season. If we gave Sammy Ameobi the game time we gave Ranger he would’ve made much of the opportunity and be all the better for it right now.

  • 22 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Anyone got any links for the U21 game?

    It’s live on ESPN right? So there should be some streams…

  • 23 NottsGeordie // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Its funny how 70% of people think the strikers can get the job done but 80% of people werent satisfied with our transfer business. If we had got a striker im sure people would of been satisfied but yet they think the strikers we already have would of got the job done…i think people were just being a bit deluded.

  • 24 Robby Bobson // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM


    we were promised a new striker, hence why noone really satsified.

    The strikers we have can find the net to keep us ticking over, but they wont take us to the next level.

  • 25 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM


    Think Best and Ba can get the job done IF they both stay fit, but its a big ask as both are internationals and we would like to have a decent league cup run as well…

    After those two you’ve got Shola (pace of a three-legged donkey), Lovenkrands (good player once, but over the hill now) and Sammi (unproven at this level).

    That has to be the worry.

  • 26 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Bit laggy, still searching for a better one.

  • 27 GeordieGerman // Sep 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Any truth in what they are saying on Legends? Pardew about to walk?

  • 28 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Thanks MMBP. Good stream for me. Where did you find it? I’m lost without myp2p like!

  • 29 NottsGeordie // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    If people think Best and Ba are good enough why was everyone wanting a 10 million pound striker? Surely we would only need a backup. But if we had got somone like Shane Long i still dont people would be satisfied.

  • 30 jamesnufc86 // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    “But of course we don’t want them to do too well” ?? yes we do Ed!! Id be over the moon if demba and best tore apart the PL

  • 31 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Here, TDS –

    Better than Myp2p, streams seem more reliable. Probably hasn’t been detected, by whatever jobsworth tracks these sites down, yet. :D

  • 32 GeordieGerman // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets, only problem with that side is it sometimes disappears on match days.

  • 33 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM


    Who’s saying that? I’ll tell you what, although I’m sure on one needs to be told, if Pardew walks our replacement will surely make us miss Alan dearly!

  • 34 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Haven’t had that problem GG? I’ve had errors with the site loading, but nothing that a few doses of ‘refresh’ doesn’t resolve.

  • 35 Lee Dodd // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Well if Leon Best is Going to Do It Then This is HIS Time to Shine and show what he can do . Problem is if he does Ashley will sell him so we cant win !!!

  • 36 CynicalasEva // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Whilst I know that they dont read this blog (or do they?) – the fact that they are seen as stop gaps until we get a ‘proper’ striker in cannot be much of a confidence builder – much in the same way as telling Besty and Gangsta that they were available for transfer.

    The only way we will ge tthrough till Jan is if we dont have any major injuries – either forwards of defence – but hey that will never happen

  • 37 GeordieGerman // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    ToonDownSouth, Mac, has said it was in the local papers and that skybet has dropped the odds on Pardew leaving from 12-1 to 3-1.

  • 38 GeordieGerman // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    I thing if Carver is offered caretaker. I think Carver will tell Ashley to eff off.

  • 39 Angryman the Angry fan // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Geordie German
    Wouldnt surprise me and he would go right up in my estimations if he did walk!!
    He has fed us more lies than Fat Cash and lamearse have over the last 6 months, and if it is down to Ashley and lamearse feeding him lies, he should walk if he has ANY morals!

  • 40 Angryman the Angry fan // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    If Collo picks up injury or Best gets cattled we will be in the sh!te big time!!

    No replacements there!!
    It only takes 2 injuries to drop our 21 man sqaud in the sugar!

  • 41 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Pardew will not quit. He’s never going to get a bigger job, he knows it.

  • 42 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    He’d have known the parameters when he took the job.

  • 43 CynicalasEva // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Pardew could take the KK route and go for constructive dismissal – they have got form in the lying stakes

  • 44 CynicalasEva // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    NE 1 play miniclip 8 ball pool? Just passing the time like

  • 45 toonarmy1986 // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Time for the strikers we have to step up and show what they can do especially Best and Ba! Show us we don’t need a striker as much as we think we do.

  • 46 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Gosling has looked very comfortable so far, assured on the ball too. Game is rather pedestrian, though….

  • 47 MadAboutToon // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    i do believe they will, we’ve got best that has a lot to prove yet, but i think he’ll do ok and hopefully he keeps scoring plenty more of his poaching goals. with ba i think the best is still to come, and if he gets into the form he had a whu, then it could be exciting times and he could maybe even get the no.9.

  • 48 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Then England are hit on the break, good goal.

  • 49 Dannyo // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    I’m still adamant that DL is the source of all evil.
    MA won’t fire him due to the fact that they’re personal friends.

  • 50 Dannyo // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM


    Skybet also had us 3/1 to get Sturridge up to several times.
    NEVER trust the bookies mate.

  • 51 joe // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Why are england so direct? Cant they pass the ball a bit more without hoofing..

  • 52 PrinceMonkey // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    I wanted us to spend money on McFadden a few years ago. We should snap him up on a free! Small. Tricky. Knows where the goal is. Brilliant passer. Perfect foil for the big guys. Probably Scotland’s most skillful player since king kenny.

  • 53 alip123 // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Didn’t think I would say this back in December, but if Pardew walks, we are officially in crisis town.

    I’ve started to warm to Pardew, though I am still prefering Hughton.
    It was never Pardew’s fault over the sacking of Hughton, nor was it his fault over the Carroll sale and departures of Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan. Everyone calls him ‘Ashley’s Puppet’ but I think that he is lied to just as much, if not more, than us fans.
    No other manager will want to join Newcastle whilst Ashley’s in charge. And Pardew has proved himself to be a competent manager and coach. We have improved defensively, all the players respect him and he’s got the most out of Best and Steven Taylor.

    I will continue to support the club through thick and thin, even if Pards leaves. But the sooner we get rid of these clowns who run the club, the sooner we can become great again.

    Also, the Russian guy who, it was reported, bought Newcastle (on April Fools). As there is so much talk of following the Liverpool example, why don’t we contact him and see if he will buy us?

  • 54 dannyhunt // Sep 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM
    for anyone who wants to watch the 2nd half

  • 55 Toon1978 // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Would be crazy if Pardew where to leave. I would be gutted to be honest because again, he seems to have the players behind him and we have made a good start. There will come a point where no one will want to manage our club. Even the most laid back manager’s will struggle to work for M.Ashley.

  • 56 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Pardew might quit and is secretly putting money on himself now to get decent odds so he can pay the fatman back any gambling debts just in case he needs to…

    If he doesn’t get the striker in January he might walk but not before then.

    Pity as he’s been pretty good, much better than hoped and could get us somewhere with proper support from upstairs.

  • 57 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    This England match is making me drowsy……

  • 58 tom tomb // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Pointless AP quitting, Ashley would just get a lower league manager, that has never spent more than £100,000 on a player. He does not care!

  • 59 GeordieToon89 // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    what a goal from Sordell – we should sign him lmao only 19 or something scored in all his watford games this season haha

  • 60 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Finally 2 flashes of skill, 2 goals! Chamberlain is already a cracking player, he’s being the spark.

  • 61 kilcline // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Ba is a complete disgrace for being on Ramadan. Score goals what you are paid for. Mug.

  • 62 GeordieToon89 // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    actually get Waggy me best mate, scored 2 in 2 for u 21′s

  • 63 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    GT89 – What a belter :P

    People who are hypercritical of Obertan, take note of how pace is vital in modern football. Such a weapon. He will be very good for us, has improved game by game.

  • 64 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM


    Hope that’s a joke, and not a ridiculous outburst based on some half truths..

  • 65 Andy // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Obertan is an exciting player. Lots of tricks and bags of pace. He can get to the byline and cut it back also. Needs a bit of work on final ball but i am happy with him thus far

  • 66 kilcline // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:35 PM


    haha ;)

  • 67 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Ba will score goals, just don’t know how many

  • 68 GeordieToon89 // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Obertan will be class once he fully settles and gets adjusted to premier league, he’s never really played much before, he’s got one hell of a strike on him when he unleashes it and he’s so quick and skillfull just wish he would use it more and run at defenders.. but well everything will come good with a few games in the side, in a year or 2 we could actually have most of frances first choice midfield:
    Obertan – Cabaye – Ben Arfa – Marveaux

  • 69 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    All the signings made this window will come good for us – pity we were one piece short of the jigsaw.
    I would love it if we had stability at Toon and AP stayed long enough to win something as I reckon he has the nous to do it

  • 70 Andy // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Shola song! haha what a daft song

  • 71 mattnufc // Sep 5, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Yeh I think all our signings have been of quality, good value for me money as we all now as well. If we signed a striker and a left back though (putting Santon RB), we would be much stronger.

  • 72 thai-mag // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    more worried about our defensive cover than our strikers, a couple of injuries we will be fuc***

  • 73 GS // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Angryman the Angry Fan:

    Do you get any pleasure from watching and supporting NUFC? I know they can be frustrating, but you don’t ever seem to say anything positive.

    You don’t have to live up to your monicker on every post. It could be raining pound coins and you would complain you got hit by them.

    Just saying…why support NUFC if it makes you miserable?

  • 74 Toontappy // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Best and Ba will score goals,yeah a rapid striker would have been great but it didn’t happen,Ba is quality he’s just not up to speed yet and Bestie is a real handful for any centre half cause he never gives anything up.
    I’m more concerned we never signed some cover at centre back if Collo or Saylor get injured were in trouble,Williamson out for 6 weeks who else is there,Kadar not even sure whats happend to him,anyone know?

  • 75 Daft_lad // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    With Ba, Best, Ameobi and not forgetting Ben Arfa playing off the front we have enough to get through to January in relative safety….Macloven however is about as much use as a crusty cum sock

    The biggest worry is at the heart of defence….a suspension or injury now and we’re faced with the prospect of James Perch!

  • 76 GS // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I think Best and Ba will do well and we look to have the makings of a good team. Best has proven that he is a goal poacher along the lines of Darren Bent as an earlier poster said.

    It doesn’t matter that he didn’t score many in the Championship because that was then and this is now.

    Has anybody on here made big moves in their life like moving to a different city or even country with a new language, getting divorced, having a child? It takes a bit of getting used to. I don’t want to come across all JoeyBarton on everyone but I think we have to give the new lads time to adjust.

    Even though they were all injured when we signed them, so we shouldn’t have signed them in the first place (that ones for you Angryfan).

    Next 8 games are the easiest schedule we could have wished for. If we don’t get double digit points from them I will go over to the dark side with Angryfan.

  • 77 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Look on the bright side chaps, we’ve got arguably the most strength in depth in Midfield of any club in the PL:

    Jonas – Tiote – Cabaye – Obertan


    Ben Arfa – Gosling – Abeid – Marveaux


    Ferguson – Smith – Vuckic – Guthrie

    Also we are well covered in the Goalkeeping department.

    The one word that sums up the current Newcastle Squad….UNBALANCED

  • 78 Dp_thegeordie // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Evening lads. Long time reader first time poster. I have heard from a very reliable friend that Pardew has walked tonight. Anyone know anything further?. I wouldn’t normally post this type of thing, but he’s a 55 year old man with no reason to lie!.

  • 79 GS // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Best must be crap in training and Shola must be brilliant. Everytime I see them in a match, except against the Mackems, Best works hard for the team and even when he doesn’t score he has a few shots on goal. Shola mostly miscontrols and falls over.

    I used to think that Shola had dirty pictures of the Manager to get so much playing time, however I think we have had about 9 managers since Shola has been here, so that can’t be it. I would have said he had embarrassing pictures of the owner, but Mr. Ashley took care of that himeself at the Chinese restaurant.

  • 80 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Best just needs to stay FIT. Anyone fancy finding out if he has an Andorran Granparent? At least then internationals wouldn’t be an extra threat of injuries…;->

  • 81 SwedishMagpie // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    does anyone know when ben arfa is back ?

  • 82 wattos // Sep 5, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Start of October seems to be the consensus. Not as bad as it could be given two week hiatus in September due to international games.

  • 83 AndyMac // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    GS says:

    “Angryman the Angry Fan:

    Do you get any pleasure from watching and supporting NUFC? I know they can be frustrating, but you don’t ever seem to say anything positive. You don’t have to live up to your monicker on every post. It could be raining pound coins and you would complain you got hit by them.

    Just saying…why support NUFC if it makes you miserable?”

    You and several other just dont get it do you GS ?

    Angryman is probably one of the most passionate supporters of this club but he also probably feels that this club has underperformed so badly during the past ten years (at least) when it could have been so different if stupid men hadnt made stupid decisions at key points in our recent history.

    SJH forcing KK out with the decision to go public, Fat Shepherd failing to reinforce SBR’s CL qualified side in 93 and Fatman………….well where do you start ?

    IMO this club could have managed at least a cup in the past ten years, if there had been people in charge who knew wtf they were doing !!!!

  • 84 Knocking on Beavans Door // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Off topic, but when we signed Santon a local journo contacted a colleague in Liverpoo who had been on good terms with Benitez. Rafa’s comment on Santon was that he was crap at inter and has a longstanding knee problem :-(

  • 85 ToonDownSouth // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    You’re getting upset because someone told you Benitez said he was crap? He clearly isn’t crap lol. If the worry is that he is ‘crap’, then that’s really a non story…

  • 86 AndyMac // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Knocking on Beavans Door says:

    “Off topic, but when we signed Santon a local journo contacted a colleague in Liverpoo who had been on good terms with Benitez. Rafa’s comment on Santon was that he was crap at inter and has a longstanding knee problem”

    Presumably Rafa also failed to mention he too was crap at Inter. Sacked within 6 months :)

  • 87 colwell // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Best has scored 8 in 13 games that is a really good record. He doesn`t have the massive name that we`d like but who cares he is a good player that scores.

    Best or Ba could do with a quick striker to complement them but when Ben Arfa is back can`t seeing us playing 2 strikers anyway. If that is the case we`d have all the pace coming from midfield and we`d need a powerful striker up top like Best or Ba.

    Best and Ba if fit should between them get 30 goals this season. So far they have played 26 pl games and scored 15 goals how can anyone say thats a poor strikeforce?

  • 88 Charlietoon // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Silliest thing I have ever read ED! Lets hope our strikers dont do to well in case it means we dont have to shell out on another….????

    Really. I want them to score 20 goals a piece so we dont need another striker.

  • 89 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Ashley has the figure of a god – pity it’s the Buddha.
    No-one seeing his chop suey pics can have any illusions about the class of the man who owns the club (temporarily).

    Agree that all the owners/management have made huge mistakes in the last ten years. Angry is right to feel upset, it’s just the crass way he expresses it.

    SBR sacking the greatest insult our club has had to put up with in recent years IMO.

  • 90 Andy // Sep 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Also on benitez the fact he rated gareth barry over xabi alonso says a lot about his judgement! :lol:

  • 91 Level 7 Hero // Sep 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    A good question but it will mean different things to different people. If you asked Mike Ashley the question can they get the job done he’d say yes, they will keep us safe from relegation. But for me the job was to be pushing for European qualification, or a top 10 finish, and in my opinion they will not do this. 11-13 I reckon! But team spirit and commitment can do amazing things, which no doubt they have. Look how a very average Stoke team have consistantly overacheived. Hopefully they can pull together, work for eachother and grind out some goals. I think Ba could add more than he’s showing now he’s eating again!

  • 92 GS // Sep 5, 2011 at 11:41 PM


    I do get it. I have supported Newcastle for a long time and I am stuck with them, like family. My comment was only meant towards Angryfan because I have never, EVER seen him post a positive comment. I was sort of trying to wind him up a bit to see what caustic comment he would come back with. I know that is childish of me.

    It would be great if we were Man U or Barcelona. But what we get is a cold night in Scunny and a wonderful goal by Sammi. You know, it could be a lot worse, if we were born 12 miles away we would be Mackems.

    I agree, a monkey could have done a better job as owners of Newcastle in the past 10 years. It beggars belief that Fatf Freddy could sack Bobby Robson and replace him with Sourness.

    Sometimes you just have to laugh at NUFC. They put out a press release saying they would not buy on the last day of the transfer window because it would be a kneejerk buy, whilst totally fogetting that they bought Xisco… on-the-last-day-of-the-tranfer-window. No wait, perhaps that’s a mea culpa by Lame-arse. I doubt it, he’s too arrogant for that.

    Is that better, am I sounding like a real fan now?

  • 93 Brutooon // Sep 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    1) if best to fit the whole season – he would definitely score more than 10 goals
    2) Demba Ba will score maybe around 8-10 goals

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