What Type Of Striker Will Newcastle Go After In January?

Newcastle went after Pappis Demba Cisse on the last day of the transfer window last week, when the other striker targets seemed out of reach.

Pappis Demba Cisse – a target in January?

But of course they were only out of reach because Newcastle refused to cough up the money for them, otherwise Newcastle would have had Turkish International Mevlut Erdinc on Tyneside from French club PSG, months ago.

But it seems the club are just not willing to pay even a little over the odds for any player, and it may be that their bid for Pappis Demba Cisse may  be revived in January – we hope it will be revived in January.

From the comments of his club SC Freiburg last week, it would seem the German club would have been prepared to sell him,  if only they had time to bring in a replacement, so the 26 year-old  may still be an option for Newcastle when the window opens again on January 1st.

We really have no idea who will be the striker targets in January, and if Demba Ba and Leon Best do well for Newcastle before then, who knows, maybe the powers that be at the club (Ashley and LLambias), will say Newcastle don’t need another striker.

We wouldn’t put that past Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, who seem to want to run the club on a shoestring.

Pappis Demba Cisse is saying he’s not too disappointed at still being at his German club:

“Staying on at Freiburg is no reason for me to feel frustrated,” “I am not looking back.”

“I am attempting to start every match in the same mood as I always do. I am trying to make sure the team is successful.”

From what we’ve seen of the targets Newcastle have gone after in the summer, this lad wouldn’t be a bad choice, although he could be the most expensive, and that would be a drawback, at least in the eyes of Mike Ashley.

We’re not sure if  the Senegal International’s style is much different from that of Leon Best, Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba, his International team mate.

One reason we liked Erdinc, is that he plays in a different style to the three big strikers already on Tyneside, as does Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

So perhaps Newcastle will go after a striker that can add something different to what we already have on Tyneside, that would seem to make some sense.

And if that’s true, expect either Mevlut Erdinc or Modibo Maiga to arrive at Newcastle, hopefully very early in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

80 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Has to be quick with his feet and head, bit pacey, good technical.
    Thats the kind of passes Arfa, Marveux and Cabaye will provide imo.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #2

    A transparent one.

  • CynicalasEva

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Cheap and young, not necessarily someone we are expecting – so probably not Derdiyok and Barnetta

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Barnetta aint a striker anyways so aint him plus he’s injured for 4 to 6 month..


  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone with real talent who is not going to cost a fortune but who could grow into a 20 a season striker.
    FCB and LL need to speculate to accumulate – Anywhere between 10-15 mill on a decent young striker who will add style and depth to attacking options and ruthless in finishing through passes as Dannyo @1 says

  • CynicalasEva

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    If we are struggling who will want to join us and if we are doing OK why would FatAsh spend his money??

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Imagine …just how we could play with any TWO of above GeordieToon 89 list. Europe for sure.
    Okay so there are flying pink things oot the window…

  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ll be off now guys, Nice to read some more positive things on the blog as the transfer window was painfull to say the least. As long as we support our team we’ll be ok. Lets support Pardew and the Lads, The board will have to get their acts together pretty sharpish and stop makin Pardew look like a tit all the time when it’s their fault. Magpie til I die! HWTL

  • JackButler

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Who ever we go for he will have to be cheap or on a free

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    We don’t need a new striker. Ben Arfa will be back soon.

    “He’ll be like a new signing” When we get him “over the line”

  • giimps

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I reckon we`l get Derdiyok and Shaqiri who Pards was looking at last night.
    The board have got to spend some funds or people like me will just cancel our direct debits for our season tickets in February.
    At least thats what i’m hoping for, I dont really want to give them up but I will if theres no investment in January.
    My guess is that I wont be alone in this, and Ashley must realise that if he’s still the owner then.


    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m amazed how optimistic people are being here. Why do you expect to sign anyone when the best we got all summer was Demba Ba? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we didn’t get anyone..

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Just hope Ashley has taken lesson 1,989 in and realised that strikers cost money.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 9, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #14

    MMBP@2 Ha ha Brilliant!

  • PortsladeToon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #15

    What Type Of Striker Will Newcastle Go After In January?
    Prefer one that can score 15-20 goals per season would help, not be injured very often and be less than £5 million errrrrrmmm well that just about rules them all out so i don’t recon the club will get one

  • boater

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #16

    People entering into a discussion on January window strikers… it’s somewhere between naive and in need of powerful medication.

  • Kc-Toon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #17


    personally id love this fella, we need pace and a good finish to compliment the big men like ba or best

  • ginkoh

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Shaqiri in B&W shirt is my dream.

  • Eyeball81

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #19

    A Cheap one….ba boom tch!!

  • geordiegav1987

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #20

    I haven’t even read this article because I’m sick of looking forward to bringing in a top striker just to be disapointed. its a bit like waiting all year for christmas just to get absolutely f**k all. so I can easily awnser the question – what type of striker will newcastle go after in january? the type that Mike ashley won’t pay for , he deliberately goes for top strikers to get our hopes up, when he knows he won’t pay the asking price. so in short the type of striker newcastle will go after is the type that fails to materialise!

    sorry to be negative but that’s the way I see it.

  • Magforlife

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    We will be linked to every striker available !
    We will up till the last minute make claims that the deals are close.
    But of course we will do as we truly expect and sign nobody due to last second hitches.
    Apologies will be made and promises of summer signings given, Oh and sales will be made to help balance the wage bill.

  • soundoid

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #22

    What kind of striker?

    I guess much like the other ones we have been after..

  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #23


    If u don’t want to take part, then don’t. No need for useless slaggin off. Surprisingly, people don’t dance to the sound of your flute.

  • TinoToon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Rather than start to asking a new striker for the next 5 months, we as fans must start to support the lads in the scuad.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #25

    TinoToon, keyboard f@cked or have you had a drink?

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m boycotting this blog and all news connected to NUFC. I’m just going to enjoy the matches, whatever will be, will be.

    Goodbye forever.

  • Nathaaan

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t think it matters what type of player he is, i think the only criteria is that he must be french haha.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets, I take it you’ve got a new nick.

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

    A non-existent one. Thats the type of Striker we will target/buy.

  • boater

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #30

    dannyo – people buying the club talk about January strikers allows themto get away with blue murder…. we may as well bend over with pool balls in our mouths..

    nothing against you personally mate – If you want FM manager fantasy dream team talk, go for it… just remember that’s what it is.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Hope we sign Gere Min

  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Why not talk about it? Don’t u ever talk about what u’re gonna do tomorrow? Don’t u ask other people questions that u know nothing about?
    It’s a justified and healthy discussion, nothing wrong with it whatsoever.
    If we shouldn’t talk about it, then send a mail to Ed and ask why he put the article up.
    Most of us are simply answering the question Ed poses in the topic, to say people are naive or in need of powerful medication is unjustified.

  • lekech

    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #33

    We should go for one who has a proven track record (roughly a goal in every 2 games) in an established league (so anyone from spl is out). Ideally, he is 21, pushing 22 yrs old, having a buy-out clause for less than 5m, but with a clear potential of reselling at more than 30m in 18 months time. He must be dying to join our club, even sacrificing the chance to play champions’ league football…

    Oh, he should not have a twitter account….

    Good luck!

  • elpaso_geordie

    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #34


    Im with you mate – people on here never learn
    so many simpletons following the toon these days

  • AndyMac

    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #35

    “What Type Of Striker Will Newcastle Go After In January?”

    A CHEAP ONE ! 🙂

  • MacToon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s a pointless exercise that’s why and ofcourse I agree with boater’s views, sorry if you cannot understand! Nothing healthy about it, I see there will alway be a percentage of people who’ll never see the wood for the trees.

  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #37

    After months of speculation with nowt to show, why the hell are we even talking about this?

    I’m bored of it. We have more pressing matter to address like how the hell are we going to sustain the brilliant start to the season we’ve had…

  • Klatoon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Talking of strikers,the 4 that started in the Milan v Lazio game tonight have over 800 goals in top level games and surprise surprise,al were on the scoresheet after only 35 min. (Zlatan,cassano/Klose,Cisse)

  • solano

    Sep 9, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Derek Llambias said last January that it was “the worst month to buy players”, basically because prices become inflated as no club wants to lose star players mid-season. So, has Delboy had a “road to Damascus” experience and decided he was wrong? Or is this proven liar stringing the fans along again? These are the questions every self-respecting NUFC fan must ask himself.

  • superstjerne

    Sep 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Mohammed Abdellaoue – he will bring the goals – perfect for Newcastle attack


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