I’ve got to say I was shocked to see we are supposed to be after David N’Gog of Bolton and maybe Alan Pardew can put that to bed today, by saying we are not going after the former Liverpool player, who in our opinion is not as good as Leon Best, who left us last summer – and that now looks like a departure we shouldn’t have allowed – in retrospect.
Leon Best – now at Blackburn Rovers
Two years ago Leon saved us after Andy Carroll left for Liverpool, when we were in much the situation we are in now, after Demba Ba has left this time, half way through the season.
Newcastle say they will not sanction any panic buys, but we still have to bring in somebody who has some record of scoring goals – and if David N’Gog is now a target – Gateshead-born Danny Graham would look like a good buy in comparison.
This is what Alan said during his press conference for the Reading game yesterday:
“The job for us is to make sure we’re strong enough in the second half of the season. We’ve obviously lost Demba Ba and we need to find a replacement. There’s no doubt about that and we’re working very hard towards it.”
“It’s important that the club goes forward in the right manner and we don’t make a knee-jerk decision and bring in a player that is not suitable and right for this football team.”
“But we still have to be conscious of where we are in the division and we’re in a precarious position that we hope to strengthen on Saturday with a positive result.” “I think we definitely need a player or two in this window to make sure of our Premier League status because we’re under a little bit of pressure.
“Hatem Ben Arfa is still missing, I’ve lost Demba and Cheick (Tiote) is away on African Nations duty so our full complement of players within our club is not good enough because we’re still missing players.”
Obviously I will remain upbeat about Newcastle’s chances – but I’m not one of those that thinks everything’s going to be great again, once we get Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor back in the side gain.
As we learned four years ago confidence is a huge thing, and we cannot have too much of that having lost nine of our last twelve league games.
And we have also lost the striker who has scored half our goals this season, and also our captain Colo may not be with us in February – so there are still a few things to be sorted out in the final 13 days (unlucky for some) of this transfer window.
We are getting a little bit nervous about our situation, and to balance that we need to sign a good striker – and soon.
A win tomorrow would be huge.
What do you think?
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