One Of These Three Strikers Arriving At Newcastle Soon?


Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis is still probably Newcastle’s first choice in the transfer window, and we are supposed to be  negotiations for him and according to Sky Tyne and Wear his wages are the stumbling block- and Newcastle will not raise their current wage offer – so again if this is true – we seem to be in another stalemate – why do Newcastle seem to have huge difficulties getting players into the club?

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Bafe Gomis – wages are the problem

And if we cannot get Gomis through the door before next Tuesday rolls around Demba Ba could be an alternative but we don’t think he will come back to Newcastle.

So if Newcastle fail with those two strikers it seems out next choice could be Marseilles’ winger/striker Andre Ayew, and there was news in the Times earlier this week that Newcastle had lodged a bid for for around £7M.

But as usual it seems that the selling club – Marseilles – are said to want around £10M for the 23 year-old, who has been capped 43 times for Ghana and scored 13 times in 45 games for Marseilles last term – and looks a very decent player.

So it’s a very dodgy time for Newcastle fans at the moment, and the very least we need to see before next Tuesday, is a top striker coming though the door, but things are being left very late – and that’s a huge concern.

And now for something completely different – as the Monty Python crew used to say – way back when.

Here’s a video we saw yesterday that was made just two weeks ago – and bear in mind Madeline and I have a daughter called Elaine, who has her own very successful makeup business.

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She seems a confident girl. 😀

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207 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    afay77

    as a qualified FA coach surely you can see that what is desperate is a strong hold the ball up centre forward, second half against Morcambe Shola came on and held the ball up which brought the midfield higher up the pitch and allowed the fullbacks to venture forward as well, we were a different side in the second half, the problem we have is that Shola may be able to do it against Morcambe but he isn’t good enough to do it in the PL, this is why I would happily have Ba back, because he can do it in the prem, Cisse is not that type of striker so we will continue to struggle.

    Lasr summer Pardew was wanting de Jong, this summer he has wanted either Carroll, Ba, Gomis or Gignac, they are all strikers who can hold the ball up and bring others into play, we haven’t succeeded in getting any of them, now if Pardew wants but Ashley and Kinnear fail to get the type of striker which Pardew needs is it fair to blame tactics, if he hasn’t got the personnel to to the job, how is he supposed to get the job done.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    just get somebody in

    Spoof

    More than one way to get the midfield involved than using a hold up player though. We don’t have a good hold up player so must find a better way.

    I’d say we need cisse high up the pitch but allow players either side to run past him and stretch the play, giving him and a more advanced midfielder more room to operate in.

    I’d have remy and hba either side, both move well and can score goals. Get cabaye or marv behind to assist with picking passes and gives cisse and option to lay it off to them. Them sissoko and anita both hold but get forward when the time is right and if there is cover behind…either midfielders get forward to support or the fullbacks do…just take turns depending on the situation/game.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I still think deep down Ashley is trying to force Pardew out and get another manager in

    Why would you want to give Pardew anymore money ? The squad we have should be comfortable in mid table with the players we have in fact with maybe better training and coaching they could maybe achieve more than that ?

    Not playing players in their correct positions and other stupid tactics has ruined the confidence of the squad

    He still has not figured out how to counter teams who press us high up the field we have no plan for that except launch it and park the bus and hope we dont get pumped we even done the same against Morecambe

    The whole Cabaye/Transfer window saga has deflected attention from how useless Pardew actually is

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    pmsl @ ppl on here saying they find supporting the toon tough and depressing i bet those kids that were napalmed in syria by their own govt yesterday would happily trade places with them

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Spoof,
    Love your posts, they boil my fuskin pi$$ too !

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  • gfp13

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    We have a good 11 who with the right tactics can easily get top half. Our 2 centre backs are both ball playing defenders yet we look long. But at the same time tiote seems to be given more of a role, he needs to go back to tackle and then pass. He should get it and look to cabaye who can then dictate play. Keeping the ball on the floor is the way forward as long as cisse stays away from the play and just gets on the end of stuff in the box. We also have a lot of pace to catch teams on the counter.
    Krul
    Debuchy MYM colo santon
    Sissoko tiote
    Ben arfa sissoko remy
    Cisse
    And that’s without anyone brought in. If we get gomis and ayew in that would only help too

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    The players move roles so much they seem rudderless and clueless as to their role. Gouffran played his first game as the main striker t’other day but how many times did we see him drift out wide with the ball only to find there was no one in the box to cross to.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    wolfshead

    Those sort of news stories certainly put us quibbling over an extra striker really into perspective.

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    @santonthenewmaldini think you’re spot on sir. MA wanted AP out after the disappointment of last season but doesn’t know how to fire him without paying a huge compensation package due to the stupidly long contract he gave AP. His tactic seems to be one of undermining AP at every corner in the hope he’ll quit. He won’t, he knows he’s due a massive pay-off if he sticks with it and he knows that he’ll unlikely get as big a job as this in the future. Therefore we’re made to suffer as the owner refuses to budge and the manager plays poor football.

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  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    we will only buy if we sell, coz arsenal bid for cabaye we were then linked with players again, now its all gone quite.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda

    you say we don’t go beyond the man with the ball, given a chance Ben Arfa and even Sammy will do exactly that, yet others such as Marveaux don’t or should I say won’t, what both yourself and Afay have said about what happens on the pitch, I totally agree with both of you, but I believe is due to a lack of ability rather than poor tactics, if you read post no 1 about a centre forward and look at the difference which Sammy made when he replaced Marveaux against West Ham where Sammy at least ran at them and caused problems then you have to admit that the biggest problem has got to be a lack of playing ability, could Pardew do better with what he has, yes I think he could and should, but for me it’s the personnel which are the biggest problem.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    4

    Come on mate, seriously? I’m sure the terms depression etc are thrown around lightly, the two situations between newcastle’s plight and the disasters in Syria in incomparable. Why bring that up at all?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Think I’ve just accepted we’re signing nobody now.

    This whole window has been smoke and mirrors, low bids and wages we’re never going to pay.

    I really hope this is due to the fact Ashley is selling up and ferking off.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    @4 – to be fair this is a football blog! Ive no doubt every poster on here (with the exception of kets who lives in cloud cuckoo land) understands there are bigger things in the world than football, just this is a blog created to chat about all things Toon, ive no problem people asking where the money is or what does kinnear do! It doesnt take away from the seriousness of world issues that are being discussed across millions of other blogs

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #15

    @SuperShearer

    And can see why Ashley would want to do this but I dont understand why Pardew does not say to himself “These guys want to sack me so I should make it difficult for them by putting out an entertaining team and win some games with a style that the fans will love ” Would make it hard for Ashley to sack him if we are climbing high up the table would it not ? In fact if we were doing well Ashley would maybe not want to get rid of him?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    fatman

    I think it’s more to say that people are getting very agitated on here and saying all sorts when put into context with global events it’s something we shouldn’t be getting so angry over.

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  • moonraker

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Just get someone in! Anyone FFS! now I see Sinclair is going on loan to WBA ! How come it’s so freakin difficult for us? time was when players would WALK to Newcastle to sign!
    I would love to know wtf is going on there but something is seriously wrong – apart from the obvious ie Pardew and JFK 🙁

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  • afay77

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Spoof
    Every player in our first team earns tens of thousand pounds a week, so what your saying is its down to lack of ability to pass the ball from one to the other and keep it as well as make runs? im sure that all our players have this capability (they hide it well granted). Its tactics, its clear as day the minute the full backs have the ball its head down long ball down the line, midfield or centre back long ball looking for the centre forward. it doesnt work in this day and age. the tactics we have are pitiful and our midfielders are pretty much redundant. you can teach school kids to pass and move and keep the ball

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Gomis, BA hell NO, Ayew hell YES

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  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    TS

    yes obviously there is more than one way, and the way you described is how Pardew played it when we came 5th with Benny and Ba on either side of Cisse, but again it comes down to personnel, Gouffran and Marveaux imo are not good enough, and in fairness he hasn’t had that chance with Remy due to injury, personally I feel that Pardew was wanting Remy and a target man so he had the option of adapting the style to who he had available, without Remy use the target man option, with Remy use the 4-3-3 with Remy and Benny on either side of Cisse, but so far we have not had the target man so that option’s gone, and we have not had Remy either so that option’s also gone, as a result like Rotonda quite rightly said we have became predictable and made it too easy for opposing defences, but is that tactics or is that due to limitations because of who he has to pick from, in fairness to Pardew he has been cryingout for a stronger and deeper squad.

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  • moonraker

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Re previous posts about world events and tragedies! with respect this is a football blog. if you wanna discuss Syria go on an appropriate blog !

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    jay

    Well said….I agree sometimes out football problems need to be put into context when people talk too strongly about it but in general this is a place to talk about football with passion, positively or negatively.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #23

    also if we did put a bid in for Ayew he still won’t come to Newcastle simply because MA won’t give him high wages and i think he’s on 50-60k a week but i could be wrong though

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Said all along, think Pardews job will depend on the Fulham result! We were shocking against Morecombe, really outplayed at times! We were second best against West Ham too! We’ve got the players to be a top 8 side, but if you look at the top 6-8 teams they all have clear footballing philosophies brought in by their manager of choice ie: liverpools pass to death, spurs’ high line and full pitch press etc, they have all brought players to match these ideas! Nufc has short nippy technical players and tries to play as if we ‘ve got 10 6- footers than can bully teams off the pitch! In the last few years ive heard we’re basing our team on Villa, on Arsenal, on Spurs and on Everton! We should base it on Ajax! Play the same philiosophy from under 9’s up unto the 1st team! Then those players can intergrate better when they come up to the first team knowing the style! Our reserves /u21’s play some really slick passing attacking football under Beardo then come up to the 1st team and are expected to play direct….

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Barkley, Hughes & Townsend should be on our list for top targets

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Spoof

    For me it’s all about trial and error…we may think certain players are perfectly suited to a system but until tried in training and games we won’t know for sure.

    This is what annoys me the most, not we play a long ball game, if it works I can accept it, but that when something isn’t consistently working we don’t seem to try to change to something else.

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  • Thump

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27

    @wolfshead: Ah yes, football and chemical weapons. They go hand in hand, right?

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree wholeheartedly that people on here need to remember that it’s just football and not life but I think bringing up Syria is a bit pointless. We all know that terrible things go on outside of this little bubble we live in, and much more goes on that we don’t even know about.

    But football is escapism.. let’s keep it as that.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    jayphoto

    true mate, i watched Spurs play last night and i loved there style of play and they played a 433

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #30

    moon

    nah just saying im tired of reading about ppl being depressed over the toon theres not many fans happy about the situation if they want to cry about it dont come on here go to a shrink

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  • hugotoon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31

    The next few days will have a serious impact on our season but what is going to happen is anyones guess.

    Best (sort of realistic) outcome – We sign Gomis, Ayew and Tom Ince for around £25 million…(ok maybe this really isnt that realistic!)

    Worst outcome – Cabaye leaves for a cut price of say £14million and we cant get ‘anyone over the line’ – JEEZ that phrase should be banned its so sickening. Secondly a last day bid come in for Ben Arfa and he is sold with once again no replacements. That would leave our squad plunging towards the championship.

    Most likely outcome – I think we will either sign Gomis or no-one, Cabaye will stay as our asking price is way above his current market value but I would imagine his form could be seriously poor for a period of time. Therefore a lot of pressure would rest with Remy, if he recovers from injury and plays well we will probably be hovering around mid-table 10 games in, if he doesnt I can see us being in the bottom 5 and Ashley pushing the Kinnear panic button…

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Paul Merson is such an arse. He never predicts us to win, even the season when we were doing well he always predicted us to stumble week in week out.

    And all his other predictions (apart from his beloved Arsenal beating a much stronger Spurs side) are just playing it safe.

    How does that man keep his job? At least Thommo et al make light of their bias and make fair predictions.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #33

    afay

    I don’t see what they are getting paid as being relevant, I am right footed but have two left feet, I am hopeless on the pitch, but if someone was paying me £50k per week that wouldn’t alter the fact that I still have two left feet and that I am still hopeless.

    If they can pass and move like Benny, Santon does, even Sammy does then why don’t the rest of them, do you seriously believe that Pardew tells them that only one or two are permitted to run and find space but the rest have to stay rigid, come on, its the same with this never getting beyond your man argument as well, Santon, Benny and Sammy will take their man on and get behind them and cause problems, we see that every time they play, as for the rest of them it can only be down to their inability, Pardew doesn’t stifle them, they stifle themselves, just watch when Remy gets in, he will run at defenders and take then on and cause problems, and why will he do that, because he is good enough a player to do that, and will Pardew stifle and stop him from doing it, no he won’t he will embrace and encourage it because he know’s its for the best, but will the rst start to do the same, no they won’t, why not, because they don’t have the ability.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    @fatmanjoe – hate merson but to be fair would you really predict us to win on current form?? Renember last year he tipped Arsenal to put 5 past us! Was fuming i was, then they banged 7 in..,,,

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  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #35

    TS

    I was getting frustrated watching the same old method which wasn’t working as well, but you can only play what you have got, and if what you have got is not good enough then you will always struggle, as we did and as we are.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Yea good point. I remember having exactly the same reaction.

    I hate the current doom and gloom surrounding our club though. Our starting 11 with or without Cabs should be looking to go all out and put 4 past Fulham, but instead we go out and play such tedious, unsure football. I can’t see another squad outside the top six with as many top players – internationals – so why are the managers expectations so low. He should be relishing the chance to play these players and watch beautiful football unfold.

    I am fully aware that I am saying nothing new here, but I have only just come to the realisation that our manager is not the right man to take us forward.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed
    In a word……….No
    No one will

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #38

    spoof

    true, but i wouldn’t say what we have is any worse than most teams…only top 6 better I think.

    This basically the same team that finished 5th without Ba…the best football we saw were those 6 wins in a row…with 433…ba, cisse and ben arfa

    No reason we couldn’t have done it last year as well, even if it annoyed ba he still played that way for us and gave his all doing so….and since then we could add gouffran on that left sided role that Ba played and do the same style but we just didn’t.

    For me we played that great football for 6 wins in a row when we were safely in top 6 as well clear everton and liverpool and we some way off top 4, so not much to lose…then as we got close to top 4 we went back defensive to ‘sure up’ and try to grind out the points to get top 4 which resulted in defeats.

    For me this all boils down to pardew being way too cautious and worried instead of just using an attacking squad the best way.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #39

    fatman

    it doesnt help when our strike force – the sharp end is fairly impotent anyone else think sammy should be given a go upfront dont all slag me off at once haha

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40

    wolfshead

    After the west ham cameo and the morcombe game he has show he can beat a man and put in a decent cross (although needs to get his head up more as a lot of crosses were wasted).

    Done more so far this season than anyone else for that left sided role. Jonas offers little and is injured, marv is useless there and must be used in the middle, gouffran hasn’t done much when played there and pardew seems to like him more central this year.

    May as well give him a go and see what he can offer…can always drag him off at half time if he is proving to be useless.

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