At the moment Newcastle only have two recognized and experienced strikers in Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse, and Alan Pardew is happy with both of them.
Shola Ameobi – in action at Blackpool
It’s true we also have Yoan Gouffran, who is more than useful up front, in fact he’s looked an excellent player ever since he arrived in January, and it was these three strikers that saw us through the second half of the season after Demba Ba left the club for Chelsea in early January.
And now Joe Kinnear is trying to get two strikers through the door, and we’ll just have to wait and see if Newcastle can complete the deal for Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon, and it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility we can still close the deal.
Alan Pardew talked today in the local press about our 28 year-old Senegal striker:
“Mentally, I think he’s fine. It was obviously a taxing situation and now it’s resolved, it’s done. This is like anything in life – you make a decision, stand by it and then see it through.”
“Those of us who work in football are a pretty resilient bunch because we have to bounce back again and again and again. If you don’t, you’re in trouble. But I honestly don’t see any problem with Papiss.”
“I do see Papiss cracking down and taking us forward. He is a vital player for the team. He got isolated at times last season, so it would be nice to team him up and form a relationship with a number ten.”
And Shola Ameobi has shown some great goal-scoring form recently, having scored a goal in each of Newcastle’s last three games, and the goals were all good ones from the big man.
We’d be surprised if Shola leaves now this summer, having shown such good form and he’ll have to fight it out for a striker position next season, but at least Shola is an experienced player and can be useful coming off the bench for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew is very pleased with Shola:
“That’s three goals now, and he came close with another header.” “I’m pleased with him. He got a little dead leg which was why he was substituted at the break, which was a shame because he looked in good nick.”
Newcastle looked excellent in the first half on Saturday, but then Blackpool came back well in the second half, but it was a good overall and solid display by the lads at Bloomfield Road.
Now we take on St. Mirren tomorrow night, and we’ll see Papiss Cisse wear the Wonga shirt for the first time, and maybe Cisse and Ameobi will start up front in Scotland in a 4-4-2 formation?
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