Newcastle are getting just a little bit too dependent on Demba Ba for the goals Newcastle score.
Leon Best scoring against Aston Villa
In the last five games Newcastle have scored scored five goal, all by a certain Demba Ba, and since he will be leaving early next month for the African Cup of Nations, that could become a problem for the Newcastle side.
Certainly Alan Pardew is aware of Ba’s goal threat for Newcastle, and the Senegal striker has been the only goal hope for Newcastle for much of the season:
“Every time the ball comes near him he seems to hit the target at the moment,” “In terms of the other strikers not contributing, or rather not scoring, at the moment, perhaps that is a worry.”
“We’re going to have to look at the side and make sure we get the balance right, so that we’re not so dependent on Demba.”
“Having said that, he’s smashing them in from free kicks and everywhere at the moment and he almost had a hat-trick again against West Brom.”
“He’s in such great form that we have to take that as a major asset and take it forward from that.” “I am a little bit worried about Best not scoring.”
“I’ve mentioned his potency as a goalscorer before.” “That’s what he is – a goalscorer, but he’s not really getting a lot of chances to show that it’s going to come to the fore at the moment.
“I just think the last couple of games we’ve created enough chances for him to have got on the end of something, so we’ll have to look at that.”
Just like after Andy Carroll left in late January, other strikers will have to step up to the plate soon for the Magpies.
That was achieved by Leon Best earlier this year, but his last goal came back in September, although he has been out injured.
Leon has scored only 3 goals this season in his 13 appearances, after scoring 6 goals in 12 appearances after he had made his Premier League debut in January of this year.
Shola Ameobi has scored only one goal this season and Peter Lovenkrands three, but those two players are very rarely starters for Newcastle these days, and Peter is finding it hard to make the bench at the moment.
Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi, and even Haris Vuckic, could also be used up front, with Ben Arfa and Vuckic likely to play a withdrawn striker role if they get the chance.
Of course we were promised a striker to replace Andy Carroll in the summer and that didn’t happen.
And with the proposed transfer of Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga breaking down when he failed his medical in London, we are being told a new striker may not be arriving next month.
But it’s fairly obvious that’s what the Newcastle side needs at the moment.
Ba still has four games left to play at Newcastle before he heads off to Africa, so there still time for him to score more goals, and for some of the other strikers to get in among the goals too.
It would be a great time to start this afternoon at the Reebok Stadium.