The big striker debate.

Best and Lovenkrands two available options.
With the transfer window slamming shut in just under a week, time is quickly running out for clubs to strengthen their squads. Like every other manager, Alan Pardew will be weighing up his options in terms of potential additions.

In your opinion, could we do with adding a new foward during this window? Alan Pardew has praised his current crop of strikers in recent weeks, and to be honest I don’t think Alan sees bringing in a foward as a priority right now, although of course I could be wrong.

In terms of numbers we aren’t too stretched in the forward position, but do we have the quality in depth? Andy Carroll’s injury was a big blow but to the credit of the other lads we have still been able to score goals in his absence.

I have put together a little review of the senior strikers currently on the payroll at the club.

Andy Carroll – Andy has been a revelation over the past couple of seasons.
He’s a player that looks better every time you see him. Strong, great in the air, and good on the ball, Andy’s heroics and fantastic form in The Championship earnt the youngster the legendary number 9 shirt.

Despite his personal problems off the pitch, Carroll has continued to do the business for his boyhood heroes.
In a what has been a big year for Andy he has found himself called up for England and linked with big money moves away to some of the top teams in the league. Andy is our top goalscorer this season with 11 goals.

Shola Ameobi – It seems like Shola has been around forever. He was brought through the ranks by the great Sir Bobby and has since found himself in the plans of every manager that has arrived. Shola had a loan spell with Stoke City in the 2007/08 season and came close to leaving for good for Ipswich, but if I remeber correctly he failed a medical?!

Nicknamed Bambi, the player’s ability has been questioned at times but the lad bleeds black and white and has a habit of grabbing vital goals, though some would argue that’s a rare occurance. Ameobi has been linked with a £1.5 million move to Birmingham City in this window and has bagged four goals this term including a brace against the unwashed.

Leon Best – Best was a deadline day signing last year. Leon arrived from Coventry City in a move that was branded as a ‘panic buy’ by some. Best had few oppertunities for United in The Championship and found himself an unused sub most of the time.

Often linked with loan moves away from the club, the player insisted that he wanted to stay this season and fight for his place. New boss Alan Pardew was willing to see what the Republic of Ireland international could do on the pitch and in the player’s first Premier League start for the club he bagged himself an impressive hat-trick against West Ham at St James’ Park.

Best is similar in style to Ameobi, although I must say that he has impressed me at times this season. Best’s three league goals this season all came in the same game.

Peter Lovenkrands – The Dane arrived on Tyneside as a free agent in 2009 having been released after relegation only to be resigned again in the next transfer window.

Peter is an intelligent player who can play out wide or up top and I think it’s fair to say that Lovenkrands benefited from the season away from the Premier League and looked a class act in The Championship.

However, in my honest opinion he hasn’t looked very sharp this season and has found himself in and out the team under both Chris Hughton and now Alan Pardew. Peter got himself on the score sheet in the 5-0 hammering of West Ham and got the consolation goal in the dreadful 3-1 away loss to West Brom.

Nile Ranger – Nile was brought to the club as a youngster from Southampton. Ranger came with baggage, he was mixing in with the wrong crowd and the thought was that a move would offer him a new lease of life.

Ranger has bags of talent and potential although the lads attitude has been called into question on several occasions. He is said to have time-keeping issues and has rolled up to training late a few times. Boss Alan Pardew has publically voiced concerns about Nile’s disciplinary issues, but there is no doubt that if he knuckles down the kid can have a bright future in the game.

He made a massive difference when he came on as a sub against Liverpool, however he passed up a wonderful opportunity to get a goal against West Ham, and again against Tottenham last weekend. Ranger has yet to score this season.

Xisco – Xisco was brought in during Kevin Keegan’s final days of his second stint in charge. The player cost a massive £5.7 million and is said to be on ludacrous wages. Xisco has found it hard to get any action in the senior team since his arrival, although he did “famously” score for Newcastle in the humiliating 2-1 home loss to Hull City in the relegation season.

Xisco returned to Spain on loan last season before arriving back at Newcastle this season, apparently keen to prove a point. He has once again seen little action, although he has been named a sub a few times. He made it on the pitch from the bench in the games against Manchester United and the Aston Villa home game in which he set up Carroll’s 3rd goal.

Xisco has been branded a flop by many, which is perhaps a little unfair as the striker hasn’t had much playing time, but I never like seing a player who is happy to pick up their £50k a week and is seemingly not too hungry to play.

I’m sure Mike Ashley looks at Xisco and a daily basis and thinks ‘wow I wasted alot of money on you’ or words to that effect.

So there you have it. What are your opinions on the above? Bring on the debate. Who do you rate? Do we need another striker in your opinion?

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on [email protected] MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

31 thoughts on “The big striker debate.

  1. And we shall have someone marky!! Seen a rumour of sturridge, would love that to happen, as a couple may remember I have said for ages he would be a great partner for big AC, or could play in my 3 pronged attack with AC and benny! The posibilities are endless!!


  2. So Carroll has gone to sweden to see a specialist on tendon damage, he can’t even be close to a return, maybe I wasn’t paranoid then 🙁 Good article bar dodger 😉


  3. Does anybody know if Vela is allowed to go out on loan? Obviously just paper talk but apparently Bolton are interested in a loan move, I’d like him here to play off Carroll like.


  4. Take it as compliment raffo-you know your footy son 😉 ta jay jay-liking my nickname mate. Cant wait til brum away to get you a pint!!! Maybe a gift wrapped pot noodle would remove the sand from your vagina 😀


  5. Ice

    Not sure what to think, but it seems the papers were right about him facing longer on the sidelines than initially anticipated.


  6. We definitely need another striker, and to be honest, aside from AC, I wouldn’t mind if any of them were replaced. Problem is with who? There hasnt been much movement and I wouldn’t pay over the top on a “panic buy”. If someone of some quality becomes available at the right prices, good. If not then I agree with the approach of trying to find an offensive minded player and try to get goals from other areas of the pitch. I mean there is no use in signing another xsico and if it takes 24 mil to bag the likes of a bent, then I say wait for a more realistic deal in the summer.


  7. Hmm, not great about Carroll. I had heard that he had gone to a specialist a yesterday but didn’t want to say owt in case I was wrong.

    Now that seems right, I may aswell reveal the reveal. Apparently it’s an injury that could be with him for the rest of his career.


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  9. i agree with you raffo sturridge would be a quality addition. only problem there would be his wages. i have mates who are good mates with him and he is on about 50-60grand a week!! thats why he wanted out of city they wouldnt match it. quality player though


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  11. Nice article, Mark – pretty fair to all of ’em I think.

    The news about AC does alter things a bit. Without that complication, I think the answer to the question of “do we need another striker” is probably “not yet”. We’ll hit our target without, so why get ripped off in January?

    Also, it gives us to the summer to see if one of the also-rans can step up to the plate to save us spending silly money a-la-Villa.


  12. how you doing toonsy?,i’ve tried to get on here a few times,but it kept saying cannot display the website.
    it might be my computer,as it’s been knackered for months,and i haven’t been able to get on worky’s site much either.
    as for increased length and girth,SMALL PRINT is a bit off putting 😉


  13. Trojan – It could be me, could be your comp, could be anything.

    There have been times I’ve been playing around with things on here and the site has just disappeared so who knows 😀


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