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The Newcastle United Strikers Are Underrated

12:56 pm, Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · Leon Best · Newcastle News · Peter Lovenkrands · Sammy Ameobi · Shola Ameobi



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 danishmag // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    1st

  • 2 danishmag // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    i did it :o)

    Anyways,
    i agree with the part of Best and Ba. They will get us the goals we need. But not before the midfield will create chances for them.

    Off topic…
    The danish national right back LARS JAKOBSEN, is without a club.
    Sign him for the rest of the year.. He can play left back as well!
    I know that he is 32 or something, but in the lack, Pardew should get him in.. At least for the rest of the year.
    Very good with the ball, and the attacking type of back

  • 3 planb // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Its all setup for us to get a good hiding we are two strikers short of a half decent team also the midfield with cabaye who has all the hallmarks of another emre to small easily bossed off the ball doesnt inspire any confidence i cant see him or tiote scoring many if any goals this season so whos going to supply the goals that nolan used to bring to the team?

  • 4 CorToon // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Unleash Nile Ranger!!!!

  • 5 planb // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Iwould say the opposite is true they are very overrated the rubbish we have up front they are championship quality at best thats why no team came sniffing to sign any of them and its common knowledge they were all up for sale not one will score ten goals this season!

  • 6 Itoons // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Shola needs to wear an electric dog collar which AP can activate. That would keep him on his toes. Sammy has done more running around this season than he has in his whole career.

  • 7 davo // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    It’s quotes like the one above that make Pards look like a complete bullshit artist.

  • 8 sirtoongospel // Sep 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Planb your bollox never ceases to amaze me. Cabaye too small? Iniesta, xavi, Silva, and fabregas to an extent are all small and some of the very best around in midfield. Michael essien is small too and what about the superb Claude Makalele? He was tiny and ran every game he played in. Cabaye has shown already he can mix it in midfield, and has played several balls this season that were superb. He played a ball on the half volley the other night that was utterly superb. Problem is our players don’t think as quickly as him. The pap you spout is beyond belief.

  • 9 planb // Sep 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Sirtooncracker nut cabayes no iniesta you prat if your going to write summit engage your limited brain first that tripe you scribbled down needs put in the beano

  • 10 sirtoongospel // Sep 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    You really are as thick as mince. I never compared the players, just mentioned a few who are top class BUT SMALL. Read it again, process it, TRY to think about it, then scratch your head in the hope that you can take it in. Some of the very best midfield players are smaller, but are great athletes. By the way, how many NUFC games have you attended this season? I wonder if you watch football at all or just spend your time in training to be a first class tit

  • 11 Jezza // Sep 16, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    “planb // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Iwould say the opposite is true they are very overrated the rubbish we have up front they are championship quality at best thats why no team came sniffing to sign any of them and its common knowledge they were all up for sale not one will score ten goals this season!”

    I think you’re being a bit generous describing them as Championship quality. Well maybe Best is but the others are barely 4th Division standard. We have got without the weakest strike force in the Premiership and probably even weaker than most clubs in the Championship too. Lack of goals is going to be a huge problem this season.

    It is nothing short of despicable for that clown Pardew to come out with such utter nonsense. What he’s really trying to say is “it’s OK, the £35 million can happily disappear into Ashley’s bank account, we didn’t need to sign a replacement for Andy Carroll because Amoebi has got the potential to be world class” but the thing is he’s not fooling anybody.

  • 12 Kekasa // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    “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.”

    Ramadan fasting will not be at each season start, as it falls approximately 2 weeks earlier every year, so next year it will end mid-August, the following year early-August, and so on. However, it won’t help Ba’s pre-season training for the next couple of years at least.




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