The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

Pardew – I’m Not Frustrated About Lack Of Transfers – Honest

8:58 am, Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

He may be the only one, but Alan Pardew has come out and said he’s not frustrated with the lack of striker signings this summer, but most fans decidedly are.

alan pardew st mirren

Alan Pardew – directing traffic last night

Newcastle are having great difficulty in closing one deal this summer, and we seem to have already missed out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Saint Etienne, who preferred Borussia Dortmund, and Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon seems too expensive, and another potential target, Vitesse Arnhem Striker Wilfried Bony signed for Swansea City.

After the game last night Alan Pardew talked about striker Papiss Cisse, and then the lack of transfer success so far:

“He has worked hard and that was reflected tonight, he looked sharp and on another night he could have had three.”

“I’m not frustrated. I have to work with the players we’ve got, I have a good squad of players, and I have no problem starting the season with the group we’ve got.”

“It would be nice to get a boost and hopefully something can happen before Rangers. That’s a milestone for a team to work to, and if not, the game after that will be.”

What the last couple fo game shave shown is that we have some very good players, and the strikers we have right now are had after early January, when Demba Ba left us for Chelsea for £7M.

We have Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi, but Shola can play only about half a season because of the injuries he always picks up, and after that we have Yoan Gouffran, who is more than decent up front, and then we have Adam Campbell, the 18 year-old local lad, and 20 year-old Haris Vuckic who can play in the withdrawn striker role.

We need two strikers, but you know, it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Newcastle decide to bring in only one striker and make do with what we already have.

But that’s not showing enough ambition, and with players like Remy and Gomis through the door,  we could be a very good team next season – make no mistake about that.

If we can get two top strikers through the door, we think it’s the strongest squad we have had since the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.

What do you think?

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    so now we have 5 strikers Ed?

  • 2 jayphoto // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Actually think Shola could be a very good player! Hes had games where hes been the best player on the park! Think at a Hull like team his experience would be useful! Hes got some great attributes, his strength is second to none and his hold up play and ability to hold the ball are great! Problem is nufc style of play doesn’t suit him! I think at a team where expectation is less and the style is more crosses into the box he would be a good player!

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    NUFCfans ?@nufcfans 20m

    Lyon president confirmed last night: “We have an agreement with #Newcastle [over #Gomis fee].” (via / @RBairner) #NUFC

  • 4 tjrowe89 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Gosling played well last night, hope the people who were slagging him off before the game finally give him a chance, I personally would like to see him stay as I rate him, not played to his potential for obvious reasons but the potential is clearly there

  • 5 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Well, i know i will be shot down for this, but i think Pardew has said the right thing hete. After all je has no control over the transfers, and should talk up the current squad to give them confidence. It is political to the extreme but he has no choice really.

  • 6 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    If I am Ashley and u tell me we have 5 strikers, I guess I won’t even buy anyone. However, I don’t consider Adam Campbell as capable yet and Vuckic should not be considered as a striker. He is a number 10 or more likely a AM. Ameobi is only on the bench.

  • 7 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    It’s shocking, I really feel for the bloke me like.

    Year after year he has to go back on his word because he is being filled full if sh1t. Always being hung out to dry.

    Gawdd, I really don’t want Bent here.

    Gomis and Remy would of been Ok, not brilliant, but ok. I would of accepted that with what is available after the turmoil of the last six weeks.

    I do get the feeling though that it’s either one or the other with those two with the way we keep bouncing back and forth to them.

    If we only get one striker and a goal keeper this window I’ll see that is really unambitious and a failure to capitalise and give it a right good go next year.

    We should not at any point next season be struggling for forwards, we have had plenty time to sort that position out now.

    Give Pardew the tools he needs Mike.

  • 8 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I have a strange feeling we will have Gomis wrapped up within a week. The next 3 days are crucial if we want to get him.

    Shola is a part time striker, Campbell needs another year to develop. Vuckic needs to stay injury free. Cisse and Gouffran are our true recognised strikers.

    MA needs to open his account and get Remy and Gomis. two top strikers under 13m is still a bargain.

    More quality strikers upfront means more attack which in turn will ease the pressure on defence

  • 9 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    if we have got Gomis and Remy, our team should be called Ligue 1 United.

  • 10 gazza85 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I’d say we have 2 good strikers atm in Cisse and Gouffy (who I rate highly).

    Shola is good about 3 games a season and also misses half the season, Vuckic is a AM 1st and foremost but the kid is made of glass, however he is an extreme talent if we can keep him fit.

    Campbell isn’t ready imo, he needs a loan and preferably to a Championship club, personally I’d send him to Brum and have him play under Clarky or send him to Boro.

  • 11 jayphoto // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I quite like Gosling too! Think hes one of those players who will always miss 20 games a season though, in vuckic, gos, marv, hba n staylor n shola weve got too many players who have been injured more in their career than theyve been fit

  • 12 HullMag6 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    Things could be moving our way for once if twattersphere is to be believed.

    Awaiting shirt shots – come on joe you know you want to…..

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    If this is the team we kick off the PL with what will happen when Shola breaks down and who will give us the goals is Cisse is firing blank?

    …I am still fearing that our midfield cannot keep or retain possession and that our defense will be over run as a result!

    Lets just hope that Hubris and form won’t be a problem this season or else I know where we will finish the season 🙁

  • 14 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    RVD if the Gomis fee is agreed, he should be in the Tyne side this afternoon for medical. I am thinking if Gomis and Remy would have medicals at the same time.

    Like what we saw with Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran and Haidara literally coming on the same day!

  • 15 Luque // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    signing bent would be the ultimate truth that this management has literally no clue. anyone who suggests signing bent is an idiot as well. why would he trade villa’s bench for our own? if he does sign pardew/kinnear will have promised him first team football, and we will see him thrown into an awful 4-4-2 alongside cisse.

  • 16 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    433 is the future, a front line with Remy, Cisse and Gomis

  • 17 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Question: Has Pardew ever used a 4-4-1-1 formation? IF he hasnt, he should. Worked wonders for Man u.

  • 18 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM


    I think he has a couple of times. Hba and sissoko have played behind a striker. Trouble is we do not have the wingers for 4411

  • 19 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    RVD, we don’t have that one person playing in Kagawa’s role, and we don’t have Rooney. it may not work. HBA is quick but passing is not the best.

  • 20 alka // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    With all that is NOT GOING ON could someone explain how we can sell Perch ,yet keep that useless article WILLIAMSON and even play him in the friendlies.

  • 21 gazza85 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Bent should only be considered as a Shola upgrade.

    Something like Remy, Gomis and Bent in with Shola out and Campbell on loan.

    I personally think Bent still has something to offer, it is WC year plus Pardew has managed him before

  • 22 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:22 AM


    Probably because perch had some cash value, whereas we would have had to pay someone to tale willlo. I agree perch as a utility player was still a better cb than willo imo

  • 23 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Apparently JFK has meetings scheduled with several lads this week,

    Obafetembini Gomez
    Louise Runny
    Derran Bank

  • 24 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM


    I think the club made a mistake letting Fergi leave on loan. He’s a better LW than Gutti. I remember him making a few crosses which resulted in 2-3 goals last season then he disappeared from the team

    The player who pisses me off is oberton. How can you spend 2 years at the club and not be able to cross and make the bench a handful of times. He reminds me of a dog chasing a car, when he catches up to it, doesn’t know what to do with it

  • 25 Klatoon // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    We can demand strikers be brought in but the fact remains our midfield needs to improve BIGTIME! On paper we have superb individuals in the middle but we never control possession which is odd considering we’ve got 2 fullbacks n Cb’s who are very comfortable on the ball so as to assist the CM’s in moving it around.

  • 26 Novocastrian66 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Not sure about this love in with Perch. The lad is an honest trier, but no more. No way is he a better center half the Williamson.

  • 27 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Perch and Willlo each had their own strengths as a Central defender. Fact is tho, Perch was versatile and put in solid performances where ever he played 90% of the time,

    RB, LB, CB, CDM.

    He was better then tiote last season. God only knows how calamity tiote ever got a game, he was literally on the verge of redefining the word cr@p.

    Willo is only a CB, which is why many of us prefer Perch over Willo.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    It is always difficult to tell with players but I fear Bent will just turn out to be another Owen – a player who peaked too early and burned out to early.

    …I believe Bent is burned out and past it! And usually a player at his age will be looking for that last big contacts; when he gets that he will have nothing left to prove!

    Sure lets get him 😉

  • 29 hotdog // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Novo – Im a better Centre Half than Williamson and i stopped playing 11 a side years ago 🙂

  • 30 gazza85 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    A tree stump is a better defender than Willo.

    Bet it can turn quicker as well.

  • 31 martoon // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I’m pretty sure we will get Gomis because Lyon are as desperate to sell as we are to buy – it is simply a game of brinkmanship unless we try to get clever and start lowering our bid.
    Also I too was quite impressed with Gosling maybe a full pre-season will be the making of him.

  • 32 Yorkgeordie // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Pardew said he hoped to have a new signing ‘before they came back from Portugal’ then it was ‘before the weekend’ and now it is ‘before we play Glasgow Rangers’. He really would be better off saying nothing and let Kinnear answer the questions

  • 33 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Reports we are looking at Mevlut Erding

  • 34 hotdog // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Jesper – Im 50-50 on Bent. There is no doubt the kid can score goals as his record proves. It would depend on whether he see’s himself in a starting position or would he be happy with a bench place.

  • 35 DG MAGPIE // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I have no idea what wage JFK is on, something handsome I’m sure.
    Can anyone please tell me what he’s done to earn wage so far? Not mention the holiday(s) he’s already taken.
    First class p*%!k

  • 36 Monument Mal // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Everyone keeps banging on about bringing in strikers, but what about our rubbish defence? Didn’t we concede more goals than almost any other team in the league last season even after the influx of new players in January? Another oversight is the lack of creativity in midfield. We’re going to struggle again without a doubt especially with Pardew in charge of tactics. If he managed Man U they wouldn’t be in the top six

  • 37 EastEndMagpie // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Cisse, Remy and Gomis up top in a 433? LOL!

    My god mate are you mad? Do you actually have a clue about football?

    2 out and out strikers in a front 3 with 2 wingers??

    That would never work!!

    Did you not see what happend when Ba/Cisse had to play on the wing?? christ….

    Remy – Cisse – HBA, you cant play 2 strikers in a front 3, you need 2 wingers, and Cisse and Gomis are certainly not wingers, and to be honest Remy isn’t either but he has miles more pace and could do a job

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM


    Pardew and tools in the same sentence.. Hmm….

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    bent is hardly a kid, he’s nearly 30!

previous post: This Could Definitely Be D-Day For Joe Kinnear – Maybe

next post: Newcastle Can Raise Their Wage Bill By £12M This Season