Newcastle’s Transfer Execution Looks Woeful And Weak


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.

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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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43 comments so far

  • Tommyy

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Yesterday was complete proof that we’ve assembled a team on financial value and that alone. They’re a ragtag bunch who were cheap for a reason, they’ve all got glaring weaknesses (no touch, too small, one footed, crocked, selfish, no end product etc the list is endless).

    These players won’t develop into a team because they haven’t been assembled like one. Only when the core focus becomes on building a team for footballing reasons and not financial ones, will we ever see any true progression.

    That goes for the manager and coaching staff also.

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  • ginola_tonic

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Another relegation season. Should be fun.

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  • musomag

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    A boycott would be good but not as effective as a midweek, 50,000 fan protest outside SJP. That WOULD force a response from the club. Bring the town to a complete standstill in the middle of the day, it’ll make nationwide news and actually give our unhappiness a voice that Ashley & Co will hear and finally have to react to.
    IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW FANS
    Let’s actually get these clowns out of our club or force them to start pulling their weight….they’ve certainly got enough of it.

    I’d be there, would you?

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  • jasper

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Need Ba and Moses from Chelsea. Neither looks like he’ll get a lot of game time there.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    repost

    Krul To Be Kind

    i’m glad some 1 agrees with me, we both know this will work and suits our team perfect, high pressing, through the middle, simple passing.

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  • hdavid23

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    repost:

    Can the owner cease a football club? I’m starting to have a terrible feeling that is what MA’s doing… Get the money he invested back via selling players and TV money and then just close shop…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    4-3-1-2 lineup

    Krull

    Debuchy, MYM, Colo, Santon

    Anita, Sissoko, Jonas

    HBA/Marv

    Cisee, Goofy

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  • musomag

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Ashley, Pardew and Kinnear OUT

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  • bobby mango

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    When was the last time we scored a properly constructed goal? Doesn’t have to be an amazing, flowing move where every player gets a touch but I’m talking about us stringing at least 5 passes together and scoring… I honestly can’t remember… We haven’t scored this season, last 4home games we havemt scored, the qpr goals were gifted to us! It’s a joke. Surely, it must be!? What have we done to deserve this sh!te?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Devon,
    Lol, yeah I missed those. What he doesn’t realise is that by doing these things he will just be putting top clubs off him. He is a superbly skillful player, but until he learns to play in a team, instead of wanting to do everything himself the really big clubs, and the French national team will ignore him.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    So, with the Cabaye money, I’d like to see us sign Alderweireld, Eriksen, Ayew, Siem De Jong and Demba Ba on loan. We’ll have to spend an extra £10m outlay to get these. Apparently we have £20m to spend, so we could sign Ba on a permanent transfer. If we are still weak in attack, we can sign anther striker in january.

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  • Greebol1892

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    toon22

    You are right. I have been harping on for a while now the same thing.
    Best thing we can manage is loan signings.
    If I was owner and wanted my manager out, would I give him 10, 20, or 30m to spend???? NO! NO! NO!
    So the people who keep whingeing on about lack of signings need to wake up and get real……

    Pardew to resign (due to pressure) or be sacked and replaced by Joe Kinnear while Ashley tries to sell. This is the reality. (IMO of course).

    OMG THE REASON WE ARE TOOTHLESS IN FRONT OF GOAL IS BECAUSE OF strolla GETTING MORE GAMETIME ALONG WITH PARDEW’S SHITE TACTICS, FFS!!!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    final subject on the matter, if we don’t play a 4-3-1-2 we are gonna get relegated it’s as simple as that

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    the sale of Cabaye is NOT gonna be invested into the team, i mean why should it when MA wants to sell the club?

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  • bobby mango

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Black And White With An Army Lol – i like the idea, think it would suit our squad but where the width in the midfield? Play against a team with wide men and we’ll surely get far too stretched in the middle.

    4-3-3 enables the two wide forward to offer some (even if very little) protection on the wings.

    Also if we go two up top which two? Guess Remy and Cisse when Remy is fit. Would prefer a bit more of a dominant forward though.

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  • valle

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Beattie25… What i mean is that we dont get fooled into paying over the odds for players like we used to do. But on the other hand we dont ever seem to pay that 1 million extra to get an important deal done neither. Having principles is great, but you gotta be able to derail from them if it means we get an important player on board… Ed is right in this thread, we behave like a small club.

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ve changed my mind a little after yesterday…

    I don’t think we’re as bad as some might think. West Ham are not that bad a team either, nothing special but they will beat their fair share of teams – which makes me believe we will too…we’re not really far off a having a very good team.

    Some points from yesterday which I feel are encouraging.

    1. We look much better without STaylor. YMB / Colo is a much better combination, Taylor is an idiot and costs us points.
    Debuchy, being told to hold back a bit, also looked better.

    2. Cabaye is gone, fact. He’s not playing because we don’t want him injured, can’t sell a crocked player.
    And good. Anita is better at passing, calmer and bloody well deserves some starting time. We WILL COPE without Cabaye.

    3. Shola cannot handle a full game and when he gets tired, he fouls, and fouls, and fouls some more, stopping our flow and attacks, time after time…

    4. Remy and Cisse, with HBA and Marv will be a top forward 4.

    5. Sissoko maybe trying a bit too hard but in parts, he looked awesome again. The passion and desire is there for all to see.

    6. Krul still can’t kick a ball to a team mate. I’d let him go too (for £10M +) and have Elliott in the team no problem.

    7. Overall we did ok, considering we got battered in the previous match.

    We need some better quality up front and in the attacking sense in midfield, defensive cover and bit of calmness back and we’re right back in it.

    Over to you Joe…

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  • Bryan

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Tommy @1
    You are spot on. Sums up NUFC under Ashley. Its going to be a long hard season, unfortunately for us fans, it will all end in relegation and way before May.

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  • magicbus

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Woeful and Weak good words Ed that perfectly describe the role of Joke in Ear so far and the commitment and ambition of Ashley towards our club.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Liverpool had only one shot on target. They scored with it like.

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  • Belfast-Toon

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Only name iv seen linked is troy deeney… Prob newspaper bullshit but he is a near perfect fit that he will be cheap but not English :@

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  • mot7

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    Is far from ideal but goufran and cambell would have caused far more problems for west ham than those two planks we had up front.
    Our foward line is main reason we cant build any attacks and everything looks so rushed ,
    This team at present wont score enough goals to stay up .

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  • numba9

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Let’s rid this cancer from our club action plan is needed to do so boycott now until he is gone let the world stand up take notice then a buyer might fancy it at a time he needs to go

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #24

    We will be better without Cabaye anyway. He’s overrated and only had one good game for us anyway. He looked far better for France in the euros, so did Debuchy. Sissoko had 2 great games for us in january, but has gone downhill since. They all have potential, but they’re not fulfilling it with us and that down to the manager. It’s time for Pardew to slash off. Bring back Kevin Keegan,

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Mot7,
    This is the Campbell that wasn’t brought off the bench as Carlisle lost 1-0 yesterday? I’m a big fan of the lad, but to say he would have had any impact yesterday is ludicrous.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    bobby mango

    not really mate, i understand we lack width, but we have 3 mids who could chase the ball on the wing and are also supported by the full backs, trust me mate if other teams try to exploit our wide wing areas they will be in a world of pain.

    having our 2 wide midfielders chasing the wings and the center mid coming back the other teams wingers will be marked by 1 wide mid and 1 full back, and then once the ball has been won we have 1 CM moving into channels to be giving a direct pass same with the AMC and also 2 strikers waiting to receive the ball leaving the opposition expose to quick counter

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Tommyy @ 1

    That says it all – there is no strategy at all. It is simply a market trader trading players as and when they make a buck.

    Greeboll

    The risk of brinkmanship in starving Pardew of the right players to make a half decent team is that the side goes tits up and we get relegated. Almost made it last season – perhaps Mashley will go one better this year ?
    You have to remember that Alan Pardew is not the real problem – the guy who hired him is…

    B&W with an Army

    We all know that Cabaye will be sold and we will not bring in a replacement – just like Ba and AC. They are totally unable to plan ahead. IF ONLY we had a replace before we sell policy like Spuds.

    At the beginning of the window a number of posters on here including Bills – said this was the window that would prove or disprove Ashley’s intent, ambition and commitment. Well he is definitely committed to money… but beyond that…

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  • ArtyH

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    Re post:
    IMHO Cabaye last year was Mr Newcastle, he spoke to and was instrumental in bringing players to the club! Something changed his view of the club over the closed season. Was it the arrival of Joke Kinnear and his comments? Was it final acceptance that with Pardew as manager the team are NEVER going to play football? Was it the lack of investment by Ashley which sickened Cabaye, as its sickened so many fans? Could it have been comments from France by various managers stating he was wasted at Newcastle? Or even a combination of these factors? Or is there something else eating away at him, something as fans we do not know, like just how appallingly the club is run and he’s just given up? I can understand all above for reason to want away I would too in the same situation, but he is under contract! So his behaviour is unacceptable! He should not be paid for the period he does not play and fined on top of that for letting the team down! We cannot grumble though as this is the same situation in which we bought Benny! What a mess our beloved club is in! To make it worse is the fact Pardew thought Shola had a good game, if that’s his honest opinion we are in big trouble. This team has no belief and no direction. Just saying.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    bobby mango

    basically playing a 4-3-1-2 against any team with wingers, there wingers wont be able to put a cross in unless it’s deep

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  • musomag

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    People are far too happy just to sit on their arses picking teams and discussing formations rather than physically doing something that could actually make a difference. Disgraceful and yes relegation is a serious risk again this season. What will happen then? I’ll tell you – everyone will accept it like drones and sit around talking championship tactics instead.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    yo-yo

    very true mate.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #32

    musomag

    iv’e done my part mate, i didn’t renew my season ticket and haven’t bought any more toon tops, i’m only watching the games at home online

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  • Belfast-Toon

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Was neone at the game y’day lads? What was this banner up and what songs were being sung. I refused to watch motd cuz was still annoyed.

    As for signings I really can’t see anyone coming in, f**k I’d even have Barton back, would love Ba to return and get fergie back off brummies he has the best cross in our team, also work rate is high and doesn’t shy off. We have one one who wants to take control and lead us. Have missed it since Nolan left.

    I wish we has cortase (soton owner) he has tken that club to a new level, made a master stroke in the manager change (2 if he sacked pardew) and is busting to move up the league and challenge for Europe. Really fear for this season

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  • mot7

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #34

    lion
    Why would he have had no impact did you see them two idiots we had upfront .
    I just think cambells pace may have caused more problems for collins than high balls played up to shola .
    Its not what i want but so called experience didnt work so why not cambell
    For fcuks sake me and you upfront yesterday would have caused more problems for WH.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #35

    Kondogbia and Marvin Martin would also be good replacements.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Be good to have Kondogbia and N’Zogbia in the same team.

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  • magpie0722

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Greebol 1892 @ 12

    Great to know someone else can see the big picture, you are spot on.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Aug 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    tommyy-that is probably been the best post i have seen on this blog it could also account for pardews square peg in a round hole approach to management he asks for a player to fill a certain position gets someone totally different but plays him in the position he wants to fill probably to prove a point

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  • dcdick

    Aug 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Pardew out !!!

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #40

    so winging Wenger makes a disruptive and laughable bid for Krul as a petulant response to being out manouvered by Ashley hawking Cabaye to PSG. Pathetic man, bet he has a limp handshake. Clearly the mega rich ( mega in debt ) clubs just want to disrupt all other clubs just to protect their own misplaced perceptions of being beyond reproach. This continues to smack of the beginning of a super elite circus of European clubs that will tour the Far and Middle East and USA to play matches in front of their franchised fans. Put Wenger,Rodgers, Mourino into real jobs and see how they get or don’t get on. C list cens the lot of them.

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