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


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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93 comments so far

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes, they can.

    Gosling starts for U-21s tonight!

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  • geoff777

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #2

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

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  • Mr.TooN

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #3

    We like 2 sign the young what about this kid
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Q1ShKWoJ0&feature=related

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  • Andy

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • wattos

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #5

    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!

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  • barryvenison

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Andy

    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.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #9

    barryvenison

    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.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #10

    barry

    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.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #11

    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…

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  • wattos

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #12

    ToonDownSouth

    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!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • Andy

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #17

    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

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • observer9

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • wattos

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • naithaniel

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone got any links for the U21 game?

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

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  • NottsGeordie

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #24

    NottsGeordie….

    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.

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  • wattos

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    NottsGeordie

    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.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #26

    http://adf.ly/2Z0R9

    Bit laggy, still searching for a better one.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • NottsGeordie

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • jamesnufc86

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #30

    “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

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Here, TDS – http://www.freefootball.eu/upcoming.php?id=a

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

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #32

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

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #33

    GG

    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!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #35

    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 !!!

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  • CynicalasEva

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    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

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #39

    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!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Cynical
    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!

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