Alan Pardew was at Switzerland’s St Jakob Park last night doing some scouting.
Alan Pardew at Switzerland – Bulgaria game last night
Switzerland beat Bulgaria 3-1, and Alan would have seen Swiss 19 year-old, Xherdan Shaqiri, score a hat-trick as Switzerland came from behind to beat Bulgaria.
The youngster plays for Basel, and has now scored 7 goals in the fourteen times he’s played for the Swiss, which is not a bad record at all.
And another player Newcastle have fancied for at least three years, since they watched him in the last European Championships, is Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok, who played the full game for Switzerland last night.
And another target Newcastle went after in the summer, and didn’t play last night because he’s still out injured, is 26 year-old midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta.
Both Derdiyok and Barnetta play for Bayer Leverkusen, who are in the European Champions League this season, after finishing second to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season.
Eren Derdiyok – played the full game for Switzerland
Newcastle brought in free agent Shefi Kuqi earlier this year, after they had failed to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll, which was really to make up the numbers more than anything.
But Alan Pardew is not thinking of doing the same thing this time, and we have to hope that Demba Ba, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and the two Ameobi brothers can get the job done for Newcastle through the end of the year, but we’ll see.
It’s a great opportunity for those lads to show what they can do for Newcastle.
As far as who may be bought in during January we have no idea, but the club did some big scouting this year already for a striker, so why wouldn’t they pick one, and try to arrange a deal now to be completed in early January?
That seems to make big sense to us, but of course the scouting force led by Graham Carr, will be out through Christmas checking on the form of the players, and there may be some strikers the club missed in the summer, we suppose.