Alan Pardew believes the Newcastle United strikers currently at the club are under-rated.
Demba Ba – in action at Columbus Crew
But certainly nothing that we’ve seen from them so far this season, makes us feel upbeat, although Leon Best scored a couple of good opportunist goals in the second half at home to Fulham, and had a terrific effort well saved on Monday evening in the first half.
Of course Newcastle fans will be looking forward to hopefully having Ben Arfa back back on Tuesday night, because not only can this lad score goals, but he will add creativity to the side, which has been sadly missing in the last several games.
This is what Pardew told the Newcastle press corps today:
“I think the strikers at this football club are underrated.”
“Demba Ba has been on Ramadan and in the last two cameos he’s shown he is a bit sharper than he did at the start of the season. He’s starting to find himself.”
“We also have the massive creative influence of Hatem Ben Arfa, who I’ve not actually managed in a Premier League game yet.” “He will be important to us.”
“I don’t see him playing on the side, I don’t think he enjoys it there.” “He needs to play through the middle and he suggested to me in pre-season that he has the work-rate and diligence to play in that role.”
We do expect to see more from Demba Ba, but it’s going to be a problem at the beginning of each season that he has Ramadan.
Leon Best has looked the best of the bunch so far, and he wasn’t even a starter at the beginning of the season, and we are hoping he can again produce the goals when they are needed, like he did in such great style earlier this year.
Shola Ameobi is a player who is so frustrating to watch, because in one game he can look unplayable and in another you don’t even know he’s on the pitch, until the ball bounces off him.
He had one of those frustrating games on Monday evening, when not much went right for the local striker.
And Peter Lovenkrands has not looked too involved when he’s played this season, although Peter has been a good and experienced striker for Newcastle, with a more than decent goal-scoring record of 26 goals in 76 appearances.
Sammy Ameobi looks full of promise, and it may not be a bad idea for Pardew to give this lad some sub appearances, while the other strikers are struggling so much
To finish this article on a positive note – that goal at Scunthorpe was something to behold.