web analytics

Newcastle Still Need A Striker In January

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Arfa and Sammy Ameobi,  and even Haris Vuckic,  could also be used up front, with Ben Arfa and Vuckic likely to play a withdrawn striker role if they get the chance.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.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • kajman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    i belive we wil buy a forward and a defender in jan. this time i belive we will

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m really worried that Pardew lacks the wit and imagination to change from a very rigid 4 4 2 and a long ball game to a back to goal striker in Best.
    We are so wasting Ben Arfa and even when he does play, Pardew is still telling them to bang it long!
    Sadly Raylor will come back in for Santon, when Fergie should be getting a game. Vuksic will sadly be dropped when he or Ben Arfa should be really coming in for Best, Obi or Guttierez who all look tired or off the pace at the moment.
    It looks like Kadar will never get a game as Pardew is not prepared to compromise and would rather surrender point after point by persisting with Perch. Just hope Willo is back.

  • gorgonzola

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3


    And when I see that kind of line-up and that strategy in all honesty we deserve to loose games like that…

    Its very frustrating seeing a man repeat a LOOSING strategy over and over…

  • gorgonzola

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I meant losing….sorry…

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Funny how the losing strategy worked at the start of the season

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    and as for long ball, so you think pards tells them go out and play long ball in 2nd half. Howay, get a grip man, long balls are a result of losing confidence and not being patient – which pards said in the post match.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda heights, against Swansea, Pardew was screaming at Krul to stop hoofing the ball.


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    I too am starting to doubt if Pardew has a problem with his teamtactics and also the team he picks !

    Everyone has been screaming on here for weeks how bad Perch is and he is still persisting in picking him!
    When is he going to wake up and listen to the Fans, but then, they hav,nt before so why should they now!

    There is a large list of players with whom we are linked and the list is growing by the day! The window will develop into another circus, i can feel it in my water!

    We need to win at the Reebok today to try and get back some of the confidence lost in the last month! So simple is that.

    At least Cabaye is back and hopefully Williamson too!
    Worried about Collo getting his fifth Red though coz that will bugger us up again against liverpool later in the week! I had a nightmare the other day that he played Ranger instead of HBA in an attacking midfield Role!

    He is supposed to of done well on his loan but the lad is more trouble than he,s worth! Pardew may be a good trainer on his day but some of his tactical decisions have been wanting recently!

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda…..full of the Christmas cheer I see? Who’s the NEGGAR now??
    Pardew is your favourite target because you can’t bring yourself to admit that Fat Mike has assembled the thinnest squad we have had in the Premier era. I also don’t understand some of Pardew’s decisions regarding players, but am willing to trust his judgement because he has done a decent job under very trying conditions. A combination of Clough, Ferguson and Shankly rolled into 1 couldn’t do a better job when the Two Profiteers are in charge
    . The constant Pardew bashing is a diversionary tactic to take the heat off the those who are really responsible for the club’s struggles.Those who are asking Pardew to sculpt a David with a pneumatic drill!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Well somebody is telling them to play long ball the last 3 games and I’m assuming it can only be Pardew.
    And let’s not kid ourselves it’s just the second half as if that wasn’t bad enough. What have you been watching, because you must be very observationally challenged?
    With such a good start, albeit lucky at places like Wolves, you would have thought confidence was not a problem. Now you can see players don’t have faith in Perch.
    Good managers are ones who can adapt when things go wrong and always have a plan B. Pardew clearly has shown us he does not have a plan B and plays favourites like Best and Perch over Ben Arfa and Kadar. We know the shortcomings of Best & Perch, but we will never know if 6 ft, 3’’ Kadar could have done better defending 6 set pieces. Similarly Ben Arfa was great against City and United, had one poor half against Chelsea and is dropped. How many poor games has Best played recently? Finally why did it take so long to put Santon in or give Fergie a try, instead of Raylor

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11


    2 points in 18, oh yeah give me more of that.

    i’m not a neggar against ashley per se, just his choice of manager

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12


    I have nothing but respect for pards. When have you ever been a manager. He’s done miracles with the squad.

    Why the hell wouldhe change to long ball. It’s because there’s too much pressur eon defense, You keep saying put kadar in – what has he proven – nothing!

    We simply don’t have the depth, something I hope we will rectify a little in the window.

    Can’t believe anyone can slag pards – we’re not fighting for relegation. Did you slag pards in the first 11 games?? hmmmm strangely not.

    Fareweather fan.

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    2 points in 18

    Lost 8 of those points against top 3 teams, two of which were away.

    Then we got Saylor and Collo injuries, and guthrie etc etc. which disrupted the rythem and momentum.

    Open your eyes. We are still scoring goals, it’s the defense yes – but that’s because we lack quality cover, simple as. Don’t overcomplicate it.


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Spuggy @ 5:

    We were,nt having problems with injuries at the beginning of the season! We were,nt struggling with injuries then!

    Was Perch playing well in the first team for the first 11 games? He was only picked as a possible solution to our injuries when they happened! And most of the problems started when we played Shitty away and Manure at their place.
    We had to fight for the point at Old Trafford and thats basically cocked us up for the last month.

    I would of rather seen one of the reserve players picked for the first team inplace of seeing Perch and Simpson playing alongside eachother against Norwich, Holt was having a field day against them, Norwich could of got six in that game!

    Pardew is a good trainer but we could and should of beaten WBA last week! A game from which i aint seen no highlights so i can,t really definitely comment on! But if reports are true we gave it away in the last five minutes of the game.

    If we lose today, then just maybe some of my doubts will be justified!

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Read my point Rotonda! You are so quick to ridicule others who make a typo or something so why can’t you comprehend what I am saying?….Pardew is being asked to do an almost impossible job and if your wish is to see the back of Pardew, I have to say, you should be careful what you wish for!
    What I wish for is an owner with an ambition to produce a good competitive team that challenges at the top. You can’t do that without real investment. Arguing over Perch/Kadar is like arguing over the different colours of shite.

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Why do people think RESERVE team players will do any better???
    Jees I give up on the immaturity on here……later peeps.

    I mean we hit a rough patch and everyone starts slagging pards.

    Look up the word supporter.

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda @ 11….”I am not a neggar againsty Ashley per se”….hilarious, mate! You are one of his biggest fans! You and your little band of tagnuts are the football equivalent of the Holocaust Deniers!

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    There won’t be as much long balls when Cabaye is on with Tiote,agree with trying out someone else instead of Jonas or Obertan.
    Funny enough i think Obertan has made progress and will get better.
    You’d def think they work on him sending early crosses in at training.
    Would also like to see fergie or Ben Arfa tried on the wings and Kadar at cb if willo ain’t fit.
    Just not gonna happen with AP,the man has one well and agree that you don’t change a winning thing but we don’t have a winning thing going at the moment so change it

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19


    what are you on about typos !!!

    You spectacularly miss the point. We know perch is shite, we don’t know if kadar would have been, as every time I’ve seen him play, he’s been sound. I know the only alternative to pardew would be someone like JFK and that is my one big issue with Ashley, but 2 wrongs don’t male a right do they?


    the last 3: norwich, swansea WBA, 2 of those at home, what ‘s your excuse for that?

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    @ Rotonda

    Loss of confidence and momentum and lack of quality in squad depth.

    Injuries: Taylor out. Collo out. Cabaye out. Guthrie out. Marveaux out. Tiote just coming back from injury. Santon’s injury.

    Need I say more.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21


    Do you just spend your whole life missing the point?

    Yes i have and do support ashley mainly because of a sensible wage ceiling, getting debt under control in a recession, giving us an interest free 130m loan, improving training facilites, setting up a great youth academy, giving great season ticket deals, selling carroll for 35m, getting BA for zilch etc, etc.

    However, if you actually read it, instead of being lazily selective, I have never been a fan of Pardew’s appointment.
    as I have see this time and again with him. Geat start, but then it all implodes with his stubborness, failure to work with big names and play them over his favourites, or alter the style of play when in a rut. Just ask a West ham fan.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22


    I wish you wouldn’t.

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda….Pardew, for whatever reason, doesn’t at this moment want to play Kadar – it’s as simple as that and I am willing to accept his decision. Afterall (and you seem to agree) we lack quality in depth (ie colours of shite)
    What we are really talking about is the “Big Picture”….it isn’t about the manager (who doesn’t have any real say in our recruitment strategy) but it is how the club is set up and run. Ashley has set us up as a profit making feeder club…there won’t be any real investment to improve…this is totally unacceptable to me, as it should be to all those who call themselves “fans”. The reason so many are getting “uppety” about the manager is that they refuse to face the truth and are frightened of another transfer window opening up and giving them another dose of reality.

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Fair points Rotonda,

    But that should be judged at the end of his first full season. We’re not world beater remember. 10th will do me fine this season so long as we bring in another few quality bargains and keep building the youth team.

    Remember pards has had faith in a lot of the reserve team players.

    Anyway enough arguing for one day.

    HWTL for tonight, bring back 3 points!!!

  • Spuggy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Stop resorting to cheap insults Rotonda, it harms your credibility. Anyone can do that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #26

    Spuggy and Solano.

    Interesting that you never actually give me any plausible answers for any of my questions. You just tap out your mantras, but hey I guess whatever you say must be right.


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Aah here we go again! Gonna start name calling now are you? Look up the word “Ïmmature”! And try and sound out your opinions responsibly before slagging the rest of us off on here!

    I was,nt insulting anyone or trying to say anyone is wrong! No-one is slagging off Pardew either!
    Are you for real?

    A little more imagination from Pards, though, would be appreciated!

    If we were gonna lose then a reserve team player might of deserved a chance and more than lightly would of picked up valuable experience for his future carreer with us!
    It is also a good question if he would of done better or worse than Perch! In any case its too late bitching about it now is,nt it?

    Why is it that as soon as someone on here tries to start a debate about the club and discuss an ongoing problem !
    An aggressive tone to the replies alway seems to be used somwhere in the reacties to statements!
    Who is now immature?

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28


    Am I bothered?

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda @ 21…..you are just like a Holocaust Denier…or worse, one of the henchmen who will be in the bunker alongside your Fat Hero…no matter what manager we get, we won’t have a cat in hell’s chance of doing owt under Ashley.

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #30

    No Rotonda…you refuse to discuss the club’s STRATEGY, instead you nitpick on the TACTICS. The whole point is we have a decent general but he is not being provided the appropriate weapons. You see the analogy?

  • ge08dey

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Agree with all or most of the points Rotonda has made ,Pardew may be the best we can expect but that doesn’t make him a good manager or anywhere near, and that was a view I thought at his appointment and nothing has changed that view.We all want Newcastle to win every game etc. but we can still disagree about team selection and tactics etc without being called negative surely.

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    ge08dey…ok, agreed that Pardew isn’t a Clough (no one said he was)…the point is that he was about the only one willing to work under Ashley…which tells you everything about our esteemed owner….”you get what you pay ” is a saying that applies most of the time in life, so long as you have knowledge and experience but is something NUFC are not willing to try out.


    Dec 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Lets just all agree on one thing everyone:

    We need the win today! So lets just go to Bolton and hammer them!


  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Dec 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Today is a revenge day, We will tear Bolton apart, and smash 5 in! howay hte lads!!!!

  • PapaToon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Best has been injured too much and has not had a run of games, he will score if he gets a injury free run.
    In regards to our playing style, people complaining about the long ball, what long ball! when cabaye and tiote play we play on the deck, add obertan and guiterez and you have a midfield that plays on the deck. Yes when tiote or one of the wingers has been out we play a bit of long ball.
    whats wrong with 442 as well, its an attacking formation, last season we would play 451 away from home, now we go to manchester or london and play 442 so dont agree with long ball or the need for change of formation.
    However, we still need a striker, cb and wing back in january if we are serious about europe.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #36


    You really seem to have a problem processing data don’t you.
    I have admitted that the major fall back of Ashley is his appointment of Pardew as that is the best he could hope for. ie an English manager with an extremely average CV and record for never having won anything.

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    You’d have difficulty with a processed pea, my friend. The point is, stop moaning if you aren’t prepared to acknowledge the root cause of the situation…
    I’ll give you a clue….it ain’t Pards.

  • solano

    Dec 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #38

    We won’t get a top manager because Ashley wouldn’t spend Christmas and anyone with a proven track record will not work with people who “know nothing of football”


You must log in to post a comment.