The topic of news over the last week or so at Newcastle, is how the current strikers will perform through the end of the year.
Demba Ba – in action against the Columbus Crew
And it’s not like Newcastle don’t have some decent strikers in the squad, with Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands seasoned PL performers, and Demba Ba and Leon Best hoping to make a big impact this season.
And there’s also young Sammy Ameobi who’s looking good, and Hatem Ben Arfa is due back from his injured ankle in a couple of weeks or so.
Alan Pardew talked about his strikers again today:
“There are some roles up for grabs here. When Shola has played for me, he has done terrific, and the same is true of Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best.”
“So between the three of them, there is a lot of competition. And Ba is coming in as well. When you start saying their names and what they have done for me, they’ve all done very well.”
“I’ve got to make sure that hunger stays there and that someone in that group gets us the goals we’re going to need.”
Demba Ba hasn’t looked too sharp so far this season, but he did look good when he came on against Fulham a couple of weeks ago in the great 2-1 win, and all he needs is his first goal for the club, to give him that extra bit of added confidence.
The Senegal International has not been helped by the fasting he’s been on, but that’s now behind him, but the Newcastle manager is still a little reticent to talk too much about a player’s religious beliefs:
“It’s not that I haven’t been prepared to talk about anything, I just feel that some issues are personal and that’s a religious thing they have to go through,”
“As far as their performance levels are concerned, it is going to have some impact, there’s no doubt about it, but they’re through that now.”
“And, especially with a striker like Demba is, that sharpness is very, very important and I think he’s lacked that a little bit.” “Once he gets that back and it won’t take him long, he’s going to be a very good player for us.”
The strikers will get their chance on Monday night at QPR, and a win is even a decent possibility in that game for the lads, which is just what the club needs, and it would be four wins in a row.
That cannot be bad.