The Sunday Sun published it’s latest big hitting Sunday headline this morning, and it’s a headline that will interest fans of Newcastle United for sure.
Or will it?
Once again we are being linked with a move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, only this time it would appear that a loan-to-buy kind of deal is firmly on our agenda. Sturridge scored 8 goals in 12 games for Bolton last term which is a good return, but opinion on the 21-year-old striker and a potential move to St James’ Park is pretty divided, hence this article…
There seems to be a view that Sturridge could be the answer to our goalscoring problems. I’d argue that we already have someone like that in the shape of Demba Ba though as, looking at their goalscoring records, the pair are remarkably similar. In fact you could even argue that Demba Ba’s achievements are greater given that he scored much the same amount of goals in a weaker team.
The one thing that Demba Ba has that Sturridge hasn’t is a question mark over his fitness. I have no doubt that Demba Ba will be a cracking player for us if his knee is “managed” properly, but wouldn’t it be nice to have another striker who can also hit the back of the net?
I’d love to have Sturridge here so my vote is firmly in the ‘yes’ camp, but I know some of you don’t feel the same. Why not? I think Sturridge would compliment what we have here already and would mean that we are less reliant on just the one main striker. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
However I would also want it to be a deal that is beneficial to Newcastle. It’s all well and good bringing him in on loan, but if there is nothing at the end of the deal that is of any benefit to us then where does it leave us at the end of the season? Imagine if he did arrive at St James’ Park, and if he was a success, what would it be like having to lose him? For one there would be an outcry and, most importantly, we’d be back to square one in the hunt for a striker.
This is why it’s good to hear that a loan-to-buy deal has not been ruled out by Alan Pardew. This is what he said about our hunt for a striker in the Sunday Sun earlier today:
“There’s not a striker who moves that we’re not aware of or involved with – we have to be. We would also do a loan player if there was something at the end of it for us.”
It had previously been reported that Newcastle weren’t interested in doing any loan deals this summer, but I guess the goalposts have shifted and now it looks as though it is an avenue that the club are happy to explore, as long as it’s beneficial to the club. It’s the right way in my opinion. What I want to know now is what you guys think.