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.