Pardew Pleased with Newcastle Strikers


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.

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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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52 comments so far

  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    So it begins…

    Yeah shola scored 3… against cr@p teams… big f@ckin whoop. Tired of our club being made to look like a circus act with this silver haired tw@t and the tub of lard that is Kinnear.

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Who is he trying to kid? We’ve been watching Ameobi do very little for over 10 years now. He will never be a contender, he should be 4th choice. The way Pardew panders makes me sick, if he isn’t getting the players, kick up a fuss man! Grow a bloody backbone you spineless, smarmy git … Or better still piss off.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Ya His Happy…. Waste time for the remy deal…. den say the player was askn too much…. find a another target waste time then say the club was askn too much… then comes final day .. offer c.cole a deal… offer accepted. … we finaly found a striker

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    On his day Shola is the shit, c’mon credit where credit is due, in form he’s f@cken excellent. Love the bloke!

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  • Rooster

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Here we go, Pardew just pee off!

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  • Bearsize

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Wow shola scored he is a con artist. Give him a contract and we will see injurys and terrible Form return. Cant wait until he retires

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    We might aswell volunteer to drop down to the championship and just stay there, we have no ambition, no drive or determination to achieve any sort of success. At least in the championship we could compete.

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Ameobi in form is lethal, however that’s about 5 minutes every few months.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone on here ever had problems with an xbox account being hacked and money being taken from their account?

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Surely Jfk is on a zero-hour contract.. he must be… since he has done f@ck all so far..

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  • Mark29Hungary

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s normal that Pardew say good words about Shola.

    But we need 2 strikers because as Tommyy said Shola is only the 4th choice.

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  • Bearsize

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    I cant remember when ameobi has been in form. Fair enough he gets a goal a season but he is a center halves dream, no pace, born offside and lazy. Oh and persistent fouling. No thanks shola is poo!

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  • coastalboy

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Translation for all the fans who dont remember last year we wont be buying any strikers

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  • toon22

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #14

    The zero hour contracts show MA is an utter t00s3r,the Wonga thing is right up his lard arse street.

    Until he sells he will drag the club into the gutter, if its possible to get any further into it im not sure

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  • the holy grail

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #15

    I have been reading the blog for a while and I thought now is an appropriate time to write this post.I have very good contacts with current professional footballers as well as 2 licenced football agents and through my time speaking to them I am going to tell you how football transfers work through the answer I got from question I asked.

    firstly I read a lot on this blog about people complaining that we should get to you tied up straight away unfortunately in football that is not what happenes. normally clubs make the first contact with the player through he agent months and sonetimes years before they actually buy them. Close to each transfer window those clubs aswell as others put the feelers out to tell players they are intrested and these are called ‘core clubs’ who the player and agent know are intrested. What complicates things is a players natural ambition to get the best deal possible in both money and club stature. At this point an agent can use a clubs intrest to negotiate a new contract or declare their intention to wqnt to speqk to higher standing clubs. Nearly always players use the core clubs as a safety net and hold out for a bigger move. Its natural to see what the market is doing before moving as clubs will loose players that are unforseen and will want to replace them so it makes sence to hold on and see what happens.

    If a club wants to make a bid they do so normally by what is ccalled an open ended offer meaning we want player x, we value him at 5mil and are willing to pay in 5 equal installments and would like a response by next week. Clubs normally use the time to reviee the offer and sound out replacments. Nearly always clubs use the time before responding as not allways clubs are prepared for the offer recived. No1 ever wants to get held to ransom by selling their star striker before buying a replacment as both clubs and agents take advantage of this. Clubs send back written response either accepting it, rejecting it, ask for time to find a replacment, ask for more money or diffetent payment terms. Again the power is with the selling club if a player wants a transfer or is aquard a club will hold on to a player as a way if getting their own back. There are many ways of keeping clubs waiting as they may want to arrange a meeting with player and agent the following week. Ask for time to seek a replacment and 2 weeks later reject the offer ect and they can use other clubs intrest in the media as a wqy of increasing the price not just once but many times. Even if the offer is accepted agent play on other intrest and ask for crqzey amounts of money and sugn on ect.

    In terms of clubs drawing up a short list its mainly becase unless you are owned by a gulf state you dont have a blank chek book and a buget is needed. Please dint think because we didnt offer 200 grand more we could buy gomis for example as there are so many variables, another target mite accept a longer contract, accept less money, agent mite want a stupid sign on fee so it goes from 7mil to 9.5 ect. A budget will be set and a team of people will seek to fill in the variable gaps of the full transfer from fee, payment terms, agent fee, loyalty bonus, sell on fee %, image rights ect. Then they find out about the player and the ins and outs of previous transfers and if they settled ect and their personality. Then they will make moves through their list meeting their criteria.

    Please never say we should buy him he is only woth 5mill. A price in the paper is either put out there by the selling club to alert intrest if the want to sell, an agent on a hugely discounted price again to spark intrest or by a buying club to put pressure on a selling club and what looks like 5 mil coukd easily more with the fees mentioned above.

    Please remember this principle an agent acts in the best intrest of his client not the club or fans. An exampke of the above would be benteke hu was bought in for around 8mil and payed comparable like a premier league novice with potential. He has a good season and hears villa want 20 mil for him. His agent acting in his intrest says well he now wants to be paid comparable to a premier league 15 goal a season striker who is worth 20mil or wanys to leave to further his ambition and get paid at the level you value him. Milner moving from newcastle was another.

    Ed feel free to makr a post of this or ask questions ect as it will make this forum a better place if people know what is going on

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone enjoying the thunder storm? 😀

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #17

    @9 jb
    yeah i have m8 just ring microsoft up and they can track where its been hacked from and put money back into your account.
    does take a week or so though

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Holy grail

    That’s pretty obvious. It’s clear clubs and players hold out for the best deal. That’s why clubs who have success in the transfer market and gets things done quickly negotiate quickly and offer fair terms.

    We offer a fraction of a players value and wonder why clubs ply silly buggers with us. Simple fact is if we just offered the right amount for the players we wanted we could then get deals done quickly.

    I appreciate that isn’t the case with every player as some will have many suitors but with the level we are after we are probably one of the most attractive clubs in that level.

    Swansea seemed to get bony quick, QPR got remy quick, etc etc.

    Deals may take time but the fact we say things like we will discuss plans mid July shows we are starting too late. We should be discussing deals before the end of the season to finalise when the window opens

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Shola shouldn’t even be a choice.

    The lad’s best position should be Left back… Left back at home.

    A sorry excuse for a Premier League Striker.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #20

    i knew this was going to happen 🙁
    i bet we dont get remy either ! or bent
    our morals are right and it wouldnt be a problem if at the start of the window but its too late to play games now to save a few pennys.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Shola has never been consistent enough for a prem league player.

    He has scored key goals at times but how many more times has he come on to score and simply lost the ball, wasted chances and given away pointless fouls to slow the game down.

    Seems a canny lad but he just isn’t good enough.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #22

    the holy grail

    thanks for telling everyone what they already know. sorry you had to take so much time doing so

    regards

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  • the holy grail

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #23

    We have also missed out on carlos bacca a striker who played for brugge who signed for sevilla.

    2 other players i know we have made contact with is alfredo finnbogason a striker who we will monitor and also danilo dias who plays in portugal for maratimo i am led to belive as a replacment is ben arfa leavs

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Totally agree with Pardew, Sholas form has been top form. Couldnt ask for more from him.

    However we absolutely cannot rely on him to keep this form up going into the season. It just won’t happen and I’m sure AP knows this. But after the Wonga row Cisse needs a bit of a morale boost so publicly praising him is a good move, and it would be wrong to praise Cisse and not mention something about Sholas performances.

    I wouldn’t over think things lads and ladies, it’s just AP trying to raise morale.

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  • Finnbad The Sailor

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m still unsure by Pards words if he means to have a number 10 in the traditional role along side the #9 or in the present version of the role just behind the striker.

    I do hope it’s the latter because as has been pointed out a number of times 442 is simply not viable in the modern game and sees you overran by teams playing with 3 midfielders in the centre.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Holy Grail

    Thanks for the post but none of that answers why we can’t sign a players whilst our rivals all seemingly can.

    Nobody said it was easy but it hasn’t been hard for the likes of Norwich, Swansea and Scumderland and others.

    Even if are only a ‘core club’ it is up to us to meet the asking price of a club, offer a decent wage and convince the player to join us.

    In the case of Gomis it seems as if the player wants to come, his advisers want him to come here but we won’t pay the asking price and will not go above our own (low) valuation of the player.

    No excuses for the regime on this one I’m afraid.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Someone on this blog predicted he’d say this stuff!! 3 CF’s, we’re fine!

    But I do agree with this:
    “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.”

    Bellamy got Shearer out of a slump. Someone like that would be tops.

    Gouffran could play that role too…

    And,
    Sound tactics! Pass and move, and give your player two-three options. It ain’t rocket science, like someone here said.

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  • the holy grail

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Mattynufc i think transfer sage has made my point by implying that we offer a fraction for a player based nothong other than google or the sun. There is no right amount as we value him at xand they want y. He leavs is a year for free we have proved with cisse we are patient and willing to wait its the easiest thing in the world to spend other peoples money we have a budget and need to stick to it he is one of many targets and not all bids are made public lyon did so to drive up the price and thats in their intrest and waiting a year to sign a player for free who may now be unsettled is in ours

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I hear we’re closing in on the Latvian striker Bol Indanet and the Indonesian winger Katchma Ifya Khan.

    Done deals I tell you.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Has anyone else noticed that now the press has started saying we have switched our attention to Remy? Also a lot of fans are saying ‘I’d rather have Remy than Gomis!’.

    This was never about Remy or Gomis, this was about Remy AND Gomis.

    We need 2 strikers and I honestly believe that we are now concentrating on 1 because of Ameobi’s form and Goslings inability to find a new club.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Holy Grail

    They are not driving up the price.

    They have asked for 10 and we are trying to bring down the price, there is a big difference.

    And you seem so sure we can get him next season for a free.

    What’s to say we haven’t finished bottom 3 and are relegated due to the fact Cisse picked up an injury, Kinnear became manager or we sold Cabaye on the last day of the window.

    Let me borrow your crystal ball for a second.

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  • JaxtheMag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #32

    ed please don’t keep building shola up,he is u s. there is not enough goals in the team,we need a striker or we are going down. shola scored 1goal last season.

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  • the holy grail

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon avenger the negotiations are happening all the time at every club. Strikers are held in high regard and are a comodity and quite alot of clubs fish for quite a small amount of quality strikers. Tottenham need a striker and will have feelers out with many players and if that overlaps with a player we want thats what stalls things as we dont pay the highest wages or agent fees and it may come down to those fees. Yes some clubs pay a fee and move swiftly as we did with cabaye and would allways want it swift and quiet but not allways the case. Alot of the time the intrest is loged with the agent nit the player and he makes thr decision which club he feels will match ambition, pay high wages ect

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #34

    holy grail

    again, that is what we are led to believe, and for the most part, something that is fairly obvious to conclude.

    the major variable though remains that time and time again we have been told we do not have one target but many in each position the board deems necessary. in pardew’s words from last year at his speak-in, the last one on the list is just as capable as the first.

    so, it begs the question toon avenger is positing, why do we NEVER get our top target when we need them, and why is the back-up always unquestionably of a lower pedigree than these SUPPOSED ‘top’ targets?

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  • MonkseatonMag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #35

    “Pardew happy with his strikers” I think we’ve known that for a few weeks now.

    I suppose Shola’s 3 goals in 3 games means “he’s like a new signing” I can see the headlines already.

    We all know that Shola will resort back to being Shola when we play for real though.

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  • Finnbad The Sailor

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d be massively disappointed if we didn’t get an out and out striker in assuming Remy comes. I like his versatility but we are in desperate need of a proper cf to aid Cisse in getting goals from the front.

    that and to ensure Shola gets no where near the first team. 3 goals in pre-seasons for me doesn’t mean anything. Especially as he’ll no doubt this season fail to recreate this “rich” vain of form.

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  • viv

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Pardews a grade one bullshitter. These cockney wide boys come up here with their warped view of Northerners being as thick as they are. We have listened to this chancer for three years and the patter’s just the same as when he took over. This is year three of the famous five year plan to make us a top team, don’t fall for it anymore its a cockney cock-up.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #38

    and i hope my comments are not insinuating that I’m bothered about (potentially) not getting gomis. I’m convinced people who have seen him play more than a few times do not want him here in any other capacity than the role shola has played for the past few years; third choice at best. he’s really an just average player

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  • MonkseatonMag

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Viv
    And remember, the supposed 5 year plan was to get us as good as Villa!

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Massive thunderstorm in crammy now.
    Jfk has finally recovered the one ring, all the hobbits have drowned, the elves have p1ssed off across the sea, and now Jfk wikk destroy Northeast Earth!

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