I’m willing to bet that if you is ask most fans what the priority should be in terms of strengthening, the chances are that they will reply with a striker.
In fact I may run a poll later on in this article about that actually just to gauge opinion.
Anyway, Alan Pardew has spoken today about our hunt for a striker. Names such as Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe have been freshly linked with Newcastle, but my money is going to be on someone like Mevlüt Erdinç making the move to NUFC as he seems to be our current No1 target.
“After the Andy Carroll thing I’m not going to use the word promise, that’s a dangerous word for me. But I’m confident we’re going to get a striker in,” Pardew told The Chronicle. He continued:
“After the Orlando game, plenty of fans mentioned to me ‘where’s the striker?’ It’s not something that’s far from my mind. All I can say is everyone’s on tour, and everybody’s going to start making moves shortly.”
“We don’t want to leave it late, of course, but we’re ahead of the game, because we’ve been trying to get a striker for a while. We know exactly what the market is, and we’ll pitch in when it’s right.”
First off I think the most impressive thing is the fact that he refused to promise anything. Clearly he had his fingers burnt aswell by the sale of Andy Carroll and probably numerous other instances where he will have been hamstrung by the board so it’s only natural he is being a bit more cautious about assuring us on things he can’t deliver. He could have learned that earlier mind, but better late than never….
On the hunt for a striker, I’m still hopeful that we’ll actually get someone through the door. If Erdinç is the man that has been identified by Graham Carr then I guess we’ll have to back his judgement even though there are strikers out there who we may prefer. After all I don’t think Carr has let us down and has earned a bit of trust in his judgement.
Speaking of tours, our tour ends tonight which means that the team are likely to return to Newcastle on Thursday at the earliest ahead of a Sunday trip to Leeds. Once back on home soil perhaps we will start to see signs of movement once again in terms of incoming transfers.
Oh and about that poll….