Newcastle’s veteran striker Shola Ameobi did not have a good game yesterday, and it was one of those games where nothing much went right for the 31 year-old, and he kept giving fouls away when he was challenged by West Ham center-back James Collins, who seemed to contain the big man fairly easily.
Newcastle act like a small club under current owner Mike Ashley
It’s a vital 8 days coming up for the Tyneside club, and Newcastle will try to bring in a striker and another forward, while the window is still open, and also keep all the players we currently have at the club, and that includes Shola, and hopefully Yohan Cabaye too.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has expressed an interested in the 31 year-old striker, but with Newcastle’s strike force looking very impotent at the moment, Shola will be going nowhere.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the situation in his press conference for the West Ham game a couple of days ago:
“He’s been a good player at this football club and a great character and leader here. My position is clear on all players here. If there is a situation where it is right for the player and right for the club, we will move them on. In Shola’s case that isn’t where it’s at.”
We also need to keep players like Dan Gosling and Mike Williamson as cover in two area we are not strong in at the moment – central midfield and central defense – and Dan was on the bench yesterday, and Mike is nursing a slight injury.
We don’t know what will happen in the last eight days of the transfer window, but the disaster scenario is that we sell Yohan Cabaye at the last moment to PSG or Arsenal, and don’t replace him or bring in another striker.
If that happens Newcastle will recall Adam Campbell from Carlisle United and we’ll have to get by until January with Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran and Campbell, but we’ll find it very difficult to score goals – and in the first two games of the season, we’ve looked hopeless in front of goal.
That was the difficulty we had in the second half of last season after Demba Ba left, and to think we still haven’t solved that problem eight months later, is a damming indictment of Newcastle’s ability to bring in new players to Tyneside.
What have we been doing all summer?
Nothing much – that’s the answer.
But we’d still be very happy to be shocked at how well Newcastle do before a week on Tuesday rolls around.
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