Alan Pardew has been talking about the form of his strikers before today’s game with Aston Villa at home, a game we have won these last two seasons, but of course we’ve only had two league games so far, and Demba Ba scored that great goal in the first game against Tottenham, and Papiss Cisse has still to score. So there’s no real need for too much concern – not yet anyway.
Demba Ba – one goal so far this season
It’s a pity that the two Senegal lads have been out of form, at least so far, because we have very little back-up in the striker department, and we have Shola Ameobi and Adam Campbell (we suppose) as the other strikers, although Haris Vukic could also play as a withdrawn striker up front, as can Sammy Ameobi and gabby Obertan.
Alan Pardew addressed the form of the strikers yesterday:
“I think both Papiss and Demba have been under par.” “If we can beat Villa, those two guys then go away for Ivory Coast-Senegal, which is a massive game for this club.”
“If Senegal end up going through and we lose those two strikers, it’s going to worry me.” “Then, in the next transfer window we’re going to have to do something about it.”
“But in the short term, their form has not been good in the few games they’ve played, and I’m asking for a lot better against Villa.” “I think they know I’ve got enough tactical options to make them worry.”
“Cisse got that great goal against Villa and both were on the score-sheet. It’s not often that they score in the same game, so maybe lightning will strike twice, with a bit of luck!”
Newcastle have realized that if Senegal win the play-off game against the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, then we’ll be without our top two strikers from early January, but why didn’t we think of that over the summer, and bring in at least one striker to replace Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands?
We wonder if Alan was stopped from bringing in too many players this summer, because the squad is still very thin in strikers and in center-backs, but we knew that last May, so it’s disappointing nobody was brought in – other then Curtis Good – to fill those two gaps.
We need the win today, and with fans a little disappointed at what Newcastle were able to achieve in the summer transfer window, a win is definitiely what the doctor ordered, and if both Cisse and Demba Ba can also score today – that would be the icing on the cake.
Howay The Lads!!
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