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 – 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up front, and then we have Adam Campbell, the 18 year-old local lad, and 20 year-old Haris Vuckic who can play in the withdrawn striker role.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?
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