Pardew Hints At No More Striker Signings

Alan Pardew has talked at length today about Papiss Cisse, and he has been very positive about what the Senegal striker could do for Newcastle this season – and if is anything like he did when he first arrived a Newcastle in January of 2012 from SC Freiburg, he could be sensational.

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Papiss Cisse in action last season

But that’s all about what he could do – because we know Papiss is a gifted striker, but he has not had the best of seasons over the last two campaigns on Tyneside, and he’s not getting any younger at 29.

In his first full season at Newcastle he scored 13 goals in 43 appearances, after coming in and scoring 13 goals in 14 appearances when he first arrived on Tyneside.

Last season he scored only four times in 26 appearances, so he’s certainly tailed off rather dramatically on the goal scoring front the longer he has been at Newcastle.

But Alan Pardew is upbeat about what Papiss can do for Newcastle this season:

“I do remember not so long ago us all talking very highly about Papiss, and whether we could keep him,” “The chances he was given last year didn’t really help his cause, and there was a lot of games where he trawled through for us because we never created enough chances for him.”

“I think with Papiss that there’s a possibility that he could score a lot of goals in this team, so I wouldn’t write him off by any stretch of the imagination.

“He’s about two weeks away from training, so he’s not far away, so that’s something that seems to have been forgotten.” “Having said that, if we’re going to bring in a player, they have to be better and above Manu Riviere and Papiss, otherwise there is no point.”

“When you look at the transfers, Jordan Rhodes, Ross McCormack to Fulham and Shane Long, and you look at their prices, I don’t think we would have done those three transfers.”

“He had like two or three chances a game” “He fluffed his lines a little bit, but he probably needs more than that – top strikers do need more than that – and I’d never put off the fact the fact that he can come again, and come again here.”

Not sure why the Newcastle manager is being so upbeat about Papiss,  other than maybe Newcastle are not going to sign another striker before next Tuesday, and that would leave us potentially struggling for goals, as we did in the second half of last season.

In our first three games we’ve created enough chances, but a Newcastle player is yet to score a goal this season, although we did get an own goal at Gillingham on Tuesday night for the 1-0 win in the Capital One Cup.

We have lost Loic Remy, and he has not been replaced with a similar kind of goalscorer, who is almost  guaranteed to score goals in the Premier League.

And from Alan is saying today, we may not replace him by next Tuesday either.

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24 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1


  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2




    That is cringeworthy, a dig at Pardew?

  • juan

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Correct me if I’m wrong mr pardew how many goals have we scored this year ( not this season) crying out for a top class striker
    Rivier looks shit and his record ain’t the best in France…Cisse was class for half a season then woeful after that.. If no striker is brought in we gonna struggle at the bottom all season … Can’t see us scoring this weekend .. Hope I’m wrong though.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    So he wants better than Cisse and Rivvy…..well of course he does. We want a 15-20 goal striker and rivvy doesnt look like being that. And as for Cisse….well i am not sure he is interested any more. Time will tell i suppose.

  • toon kk

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Of course there won’t be any more signings, MA has spent his quota for the next couple of years.
    All he’s hoping for now is that they do well and he can sell on for a large proffit, that’s what this club is all about.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Our attempts to offload our surplus and unwanted has come to nothing, and now this. But do agree, create chances and Cisse will be sharp and get on the end of them. He was very unlucky I think not to score far more when he came in last season. Cabella, Cisse, Rivierre and De Jong behind, with Sissoko bombing on and Tiote or Colback holding and Janmaat and Santon getting forward surely will score goals, perhaps a hatful.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #7


    Yes, bile 😀

    I see that Cyclops forever came back for another go at us last night, and then played victim. Wonder what his problem is. I did go to his 2 facebook pages (there was a matching photo on both). One of them said he worked for a porn site of some sort :-s . Like fcuk if i am giving him my fb name. The fcuking weirdo.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Yet the chronicle writes that Ashley has sanctioned the pursuit of Remy. What the hell are we led to believe these days. All rumour, speculation whatever you want to call it. I also could not believe when I read that Pardew thinks we are defensively sound. let me remind him that with the addition of a new RB this is the same backline that was abismal last season. Colo is another year slower, willo is willo, never know how he is going to be on the day, fist pumps is whacky waving inflatable tube man and mbiwa bearly sees time on the pitch. It now even looks like he may be loaned out. Urgh, supporting this club will be the death of me but I’m a glutton for punishment and keep coming back for more. It’s in the blood I guess!

  • jon.c

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Why do we believe AP with the promise of two more players in this window he tells us a load BS he couldn’t lie straight in bed

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10


    Did you read my post? As you didn’t answer or acknowledge any of my points or questions.

    As your keen for me to read something else you should go to the home page there’s a paragraph top left you should read, incase you can’t be bothered it goes something like this

    “The NUFC blog is provided for NUFC fans around the world to offere their opinions and views on NUFC”

    What that means is this is not a dictatorship everyone is entitled to their opinion, that means EVERYONE can post their opinion and it’s not down to you to say who can and who can’t post!

    I am patient as I’m still waiting for you to understand what the above means.

  • BuckLuck

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #11

    We need a CB more than anything else. Then a wide player and THEN a new manager to make us work as a unified attacking threat.

    Pardew have not produced(in any club) and will not produce attacking football. There is no attacking coordination between the midfield and the forwards. Our attacking movement is shocking.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Top strikers need 2-3 chances a match to score?

    Wrong again parsnip they need one, that’s why their top strikers, sometimes they have an off day and do need 2-3

    Not that we’d be able to afford one of these top strikers anyway but I felt the need to correct another of your clearly bullshitty statements 😀

  • Mag52

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #13


    Correct me if I’m wrong but I was not aware that Mr.Pardew is the man at NUFC who holds the purse strings. The man who is sitting on the 70 million or so we got for finishing 10th. in the league. The man who was certainly aware at the beginning of this transfer window that we needed to replace a proven goal scorer as Loic Remy was leaving, and has fluffed around picking up bargain basement buys in the hope to cash in at some future date should one or more of them prove any good. No Juan, the guy you should be addressing is Mr.Ashley.

  • ToonMatt

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #14

    We all knew this would happen? Ashley has spent the money off the sales of Cabaye and Debuchy, Not a single penny more and he has kept the £70m+ TV money, No new striker and no ambition. Oh and Mike would like to thank the 50,000 who turned up at SJP to support him, You all make him a happy, rich man 🙂

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeh that is true Mag52 but we dont need the bullshit from Pardew that goes along with it.

  • juan

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Mag 52
    Point I’m making is it’s pardew who comes out with all the shit not Ashley. I agree he doesn’t hold the purse strings but he comes out with all the crap. He’s a puppet for Ashley we all know that. Sooner we get rid of him the better ( pardew) but that’s only my opinion.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17

    et toon

    what is we are being patient for,

    all pardew has done is move personel around , but it is the same system that he has used in all his other seasons here ,
    1 up front , hold the ball and pass it around midfield , play 2 or 3 dmc , regardless of who we play and use the same free kick / corner , nock the ball up to Williamson who then closes his eyes and hits nothing,

    the only difference between all the seasons he has been here is we have got of to a good start and that carries him through , this time he has not , this time we don’t look like scoring goals,

    I’m not sure if it’s us who are idiots or the guys who are expecting something different when / if the new guys settle ,

    scenario for you, a new manager walks into a club in jan , half the season is gone , he has to get them winning games straight away, does he turn to the media and say I need 10 games to asses things , no he works with them and finds out what’s best, now we have 7 new players in our squad, not 7 in the team , I’m sure it should not be to hard to integrate international quality players into your squad, we are talking about top professionals,

    no it’s one mans problem, this happens to almost every team every year, everyone is in the same boat,

    do u not find it strange how we have not scored a goal or even look like scoring ,
    villa carnt score , got beat last night by a team one point better of than Gillingham
    it took an own goal for us to get through , these teams are at the wrong end of league 1 , two devisions below,


  • dannitoon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Cisse went down hill as soon as Pardew went 1 up front and just smashed the ball long to him… centrally as a front 3 or front 2 cisse will score… FFS I would score


  • Blofal

    Aug 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Papiss went best in a 433 with the ball being whipped into him quickly. I think we have the players to do that now with Aarons on the left and Cabella on the right. Even Obertan has looked ok on the wing in pre season.

    Add Siem behind him and Tiote or Colback or Sissoko anchoring the midfield and we might create more chance. Maybe.

    Don’t forget with Haidara/Dummett playing left back we might finally see Santon playing on the wing where he belongs.

  • TheBossMan

    Aug 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Everyone loves a striker when they score goals & then turn on them when they stop scoring goals… When Papiss first arrived and he was the sensation of the Premier League he was playing on instinct as he did not speak any english , just pulled the shirt on and went out and played… Then he learned English and it all went to sh!t… They have that many coaches at the club they are probably all telling him different things.. Its no different to when some of us worked in Swan Hunters and we had maybe 3 o 4 gaffers all wanting us to do what they wanted , in the end s0d all got done and it was the workers who suffered not the gaffers…
    Give him one coach say Peter Beardsley and keep the others away from him , he might just might get back to doing what he does best.. SCORE.

    On a side note for ex pats who get home sick for God’s County some marvelous photo’s by a local photographer are posted here:

  • MidlandsMag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21


  • MidlandsMag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Blofal @ 19

    That sounds perfect. Who will tell Alan?

  • Four 3 3

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Papiss is a great striker who was starved of chances due to being so isolated. A bit like Manu has been in the last few games.

    Also, can’t see the toon buying a new striker as it would have meant the purchases so far are for naught. They were bought to be played and develop into big (money) players of the future.

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Aug 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #24



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