Can Alan Pardew Solve Newcastle’s Dilemma?

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is still trying to solve the strike partnership dilemma that exists at Newcastle – and while both Senegal strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are good strikers, they hardly complement each other, because their styles are so similar.

Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba together last season

In all honesty we would like Alan Pardew to try a 4-3-3 partnership again, but if he put Demba Ba on the left wing, it would probably bring discontent up again, since apparently he promised Ba in the summer he would play him up front in the center.

And we all know Ba is precariously positioned at Newcastle because of that release clause in his contract – and if Alan Pardew played him out wide – then that could be it for Ba and Newcastle – and he could want away in January.

But according to the newspapers, his agents are already talking to other clubs about a potential move for him in January – how’s that for adding a little stability at Newcastle?

Not good.

Alan Pardew insists he hasn’t altered the system he plays from last season:

“We have not changed the system.” “Demba played many games defensively out there but then Demba would join him as a pair during the games. I don’t think that’s it. I think Cheick has had this disjointed season.”

“Cabaye has a groin problem and that has meant he has not been at full capacity, so that’s been a big thing behind Cisse.”  “Last year, we coped no problem with having two in midfield. We could play two strikers.”

“Sometimes we asked one of the strikers to defend the full-back when the opposition had possession. We coped with three central midfielders with Cheick and Cabaye.”  “And quite rightly because they are world-class players.”

“This year though, the midfield is an area where we haven’t controlled it.”

The big problem with Newcastle this season is in central midfield, as Alan points out, and we’ve been unable to get a grip on games like we were able to last season, and that was true even when Yohan Cabaye was fit.

And that has seen Newcastle skip midfield and lot and put high centers into the box, but we don’t have Andy Carroll on the books any more.

We’d love to see Cisse and Ba starting yo score goals frequently when they are partnered together, but we’ve only seen both score in a game just twice since last February – and one of those was Papiss’ freak goal against West Brom.

Maybe the two will score again in our vital game tonight against Wigan – w certainly hope so,  but maybe sometime soon, the Newcastle manager can play 4-4-3 with Cisse out on one of the wings?

We think that’s worth a try.

What do you think?

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9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Having lobsters hidden in his underpants draw is too good for Ashley.

  • Santon03

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Fixing the problem = no, I don’t think so
    Answering the problem = yes, definitely, just need to make new excuses.
    Btw, we can’t play 12 players.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3


    May i suggest read this.

    More Dross

    If they back him why can’t he ask for backing in Transfers. Board scratches my back ad i do the same to them.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    It´s not easy to control a midfield when the ball goes high from defense to attackers so often.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5

    People should really read some of pardew’s comments in the link i posted.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    This is a make or break 2 months for Pardew in my eyes.

    I have supported him in the past and will continue to offer him my support but he needs to adapt.

    We have the players for a much better style of play, not expecting barcelona but no reason we cant play a bit more football on the ground like everton, southampton, west brom.

    Pardew has an 8 year contract, he is secure in his job so not he needs to demand funds for players and if they aren’t received come out and say so…other managers do the same when they are secure in their job.

    Willo and simmo may not be the best on the ball, in fact they could be the worst, but there is no reason with playing 2 deep centre mids, anita and tiote, that pardew cannot have them drop short to collect the ball and have them distribute it. Willo and simmo aren’t going to thread passes through the team but they will surely be able to play a pass 5 yards to a free man if they drop deep to collect it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s not rocket science you alternate them or tell Ba to do a job for the team on the left of a front 3.

    Indian that’s very interesting coming from the horses mouth as it were:-

    Alan Pardew will tell you that he tries to play good football – That’s rubbish, he plays long ball football. It’s very direct, there is no creativity in midfield, he just wants to play route one football. Every time I’ve seen his teams play, they play that way but he’ll say in the Press ‘we play good football.’ At times he can be a conman.” –

    ex player and pundit Stewart Robson when Pardew was appointed as Newcastle United’s manager

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8


    You would think so but maybe they are under instructions to hoof it, regardless of whether they have the ability to play a simple 5 yard pass or not.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9


    thats what i mean. If they cant play a simply 5/10 yard pass you should not even be playing amateur football so surely the long ball must be tactical.

    Therefore Pardew needs to find a way to get them to play it out…even if that means the midfield dropping deep to collect it or the defence pushing up closer to midfield….he must find a way to get them to do it.


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