Do we really need a striker this January?

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News that we will not be entering the January market for a new striker has sent predictable waves of concern through the ever ambitious Newcastle United fan base.

And rightfully so, most of us will be thinking. The Carroll money is still there, and until a good chunk of that is put toward a tangible investment (undersoil heating and agent fees just won’t cut it) we will all continue to query its whereabouts. When will we spend? It’s the question we’ve all been asking since the summer, the one we’re asking again with the window looming, and the one we’ll continue to ask until a new number nine arrives at the club.

However, it is not the question I’ve been asking myself since Alan Pardew braced us for what could be another fruitless transfer window. What I’ve been asking myself is – when you put aside the remnants of the £35mil burning a hole in Mike’s cavernous pocket – do we really need a new striker?

The obvious answer to that is yes, if we want to progress. I should rephrase the question. Do we really need a striker this January?

Firstly, I’m going to acknowledge Demba Ba. Wow. The bloke would waltz into most top flight teams right now, and I don’t think any fan of any club would argue that picking up the Senegal international on a free has been the standout business of the summer. The issue Pardew is seemingly faced with is who to play alongside, or indeed behind Ba.



With Ben Arfa now nearing full fitness, most of us are calling for his rehab to come to an end and for ‘Le Wizard’ to slot into the number 10 position we’ve been lead to believe he will eventually make his own. Ba and Benny – a frightening partnership in prospect. The only potential problem I can see with it is Ba finding some of the deeper spaces he likes to operate in filled by Ben Arfa.

As a result, will Demba naturally (or indeed be asked to) move higher up the pitch? Will he end up playing the target man role that Pardew likes to deploy Leon Best in? See where I’m going with this?

Best, whether you like of loathe the lad, is a target man. He frustrates, yes, but on his day he’ll win 9 out of 10 headers, bring the ball down on his chest with relative ease, allow his team mates to catch up with the play, and provide those all important knockdowns when the defence decides to go route one. Is it possible that Benny and Best are ideally suited to bring the best out of each other?

As Toonsy has already highlighted in another article, Demba will be away for a maximum of five games. And let’s face it, it’s likely to be less than that. Personally, I think we just about have enough about us to plug the sizeable gap Ba is going to leave when he jets off to the Equatorial Guinea.

For me, I’d rather see Pardew’s January pocket money spent on a solid Centre Half rather than a striker who is going to come in and be expected to lead the line for a month or so, when the likelihood is it will take him that long to bed in anyway.

Benny and Best until Ba gets back? Good enough for me. That is unless Ba picks up an injury on a dodgey pitch over there – then we’re knackered!

Thanks to Phil for contributing this article.

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60 thoughts on “Do we really need a striker this January?

  1. Let’s put it this way. Striker now is not main pirority?

    It would definitely be good,if one comes in.But definitely at the back needs improvement first. A CB, and a fullback who can play at right and left as well.

    Not sure whether we need wingers though.

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  2. We need a centre back/full back as a priority- Pieters would be perfect though he is crocked to the end of January I think.
    I’d like another striker but you have to pay massively over the odds in January and I think we will still score goals without Ba. We did OK when we lost Carroll last year and we have Ben Arfa this season so I think we will be fine.

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  3. I think we might be better off loaning rather than buying anybody. We have S Taylor ready to come back end of this or start of next season, as long as we keep Colo, we need cover only, but decent cover as what we have just isn’t enough as we found when Williamson was injured as well. Same goes for up front, we have ok cover, but if the plan is Ba and HBA, just need cover until Ba is back. What I would like to see is anothe full back with a left foot. Would mean we would have Simpson, R Taylor and Santon fighting for right back with R Taylor Santon and AN Other fighting it out for left. Same goes for wingers who can cross with the kids waiting to get the break. So maybe some loans and only buy a player for a postion if we think better than what we already have.

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  4. Ideally we need both but I can see your point. I’d settle for a defender and selling nobody but time will tell on that!

    Great effort Phil 🙂

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  5. Jobey – the answer is still yes, but we need to offload players before this will happen, which is why, in my opinion, we have pulled out of the Maiga deal and have ruled out going for another.
    You could argue that at present, we have 7 forwards to choice from: Ba, Best, HBA, Lovenkrands, Ranger, and the Ameobi bros (8 if we include Vukic as an attacking option).
    That’s too many when you think there’s only Ba scoring at the moment.
    We need a clear out of at least 3 of those players first before bringing at least 1 new striker in.
    I think our squad needs the fat trimming before new faces come in. There’s about 6-7 players in our current squad that need moving on which will bring a little bit of cash in but more importantly, will reduce the wage bill for new players coming in

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  6. yes considering there is money available and we missed out on Ruiz and Maiga.

    Best, Ranger, Shola, Loven don’t do it for me, I’d be happy if the all left and we relaced them with 1 good striker and a reserve striker. Benny is still finding his feet although i’m not sure what his best position is.

    But as mention if we only have 8mil a striker isnt priority, but we mustnt sell either if we’re making excuses about not buying a striker.

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  7. “Do we really need a striker?”

    If we’re really going to have a bash at getting into Europe this season then the simple answer is “Yes we do really need a striker this January” in my opinion.

    I totally agree that Ben Arfa is no striker and relying on Best and the Ameobi brothers to keep scoring is a massive gamble. None of them are prolific enough to regularly score game in game out.

    I think Pardew saying Europe is our target is great and ambitious but at the same time is it realistic without a regular goalscorer?

    100% agree we need a CB first and foremost, but a striker is a MUST if we really are going for Europe.

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  8. Samba would be the choice for me… An injury to either Colo of Williamson and we are royally screwed, whereas we have Ben Arfa, Best, Shola, Sammy, Vuckic and Ba when he comes back in attack and like them or not, they are still strikers by trade compared to Perch or Simpson in central defense.

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  9. Could definately do with a new striker. But decent ones cost a lot of money and unless we sell Tiote or Krul, i really dont see us getting one. Or theres another Ba out there. 😉

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  10. ben arfa scores 1 in 7 or 8 so count him out ,fatty wont buy a striker yet thats why he pulled the plug on the miago deal ,so we will just have to rely on who we have got

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  11. im going to throw this out there. Dont think ba and ben arfa really works as they both like to drop deep wouldn mind seein best and ben arfa wen ba is away. As for targets we need a full back centre half and a winger. So a striker can wait until the summer. cissokho,tompkins and hoillett in and sell simpson. Need to get guthrie signed up aswel as colo.

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  12. If we do sell Tiote surely we’ll get a decent new striker + a new midfielder and all the defenders we need.

    Or do we scrimp and save then lose tiote on the last day 🙁

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  13. Lol Batty. Maybe if we sell Tiote and Krul, like Troys predicted and can find another Ba, Then we might get a striker.

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  14. We’ll have 50mill by the summer. wow, I’ll buy into that, imagine the team we could have with 50mil or Sell Krul in the summer and have 70 mill next Jan, Defo do for me that, can’t wait 🙂

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  15. if we dont buy at least one striker and i think we need two who is going to score our goals? shola best and lovenkrands are out of form and championship at best sammi to easily knocked off the ball and obertan couldnt score in a brothal also a centre half is a must but not tompkins he is average at best samba would be ideal if not second half of season could be a struggle we must keep the progress going

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  16. hopefully 🙂 or we could just wait until the summer of 2014 after selling Ba, Cabaye, Barfa and Obertan once he’s come good 🙂 and buy a brand new team for 200k and start again 🙂

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  17. It is apparent the owner is not interested in the club and its progression. Statements have been made about new signings in January, which have been false – why has the chairman gone on holiday at this time? So he and AP can make excuses at the end of the window f or the lack of signings. All conveniently planned. Dont biuld up hopes only to be let down by the regime. On the playing front dont be shocked if HBA fails to make it, I cant see it. To mention Sammi in the same breath as PLfootball is laughable, he struggles to kick a ball properly. The biggest weakness in the side is at right back, another Man U failure at NUFC, and I go back to Albert Scanlon.

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  18. Wouldnt mind us moving for Cisse on loan till the end of the season apparently he wants a move and he knows how to score in the premiership. Would like 2 defenders Ridgwell and Tomkins would be good .

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  19. “this guy lambiass always seems to be in holiday when ever the TRANSFER window starts”
    I dunno who said it but it was on here and on the mark ,Holidays are more important to Lambias otherwisehe he would have been here and ready to act unless transfer windows and player shortages mean nothing, it makes me think that we will sign no one of any immediate importance.

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  20. I think during Ba’s absence Best will come good. He’ll be the main man then, and his game will improve. He has proven himself before.

    We need to start getting more goals from elsewhere in the team. That will take the pressure off the front men. We have way too few goals in our midfield, they also need to start chipping in.

    I think the lack of good full backs are hindering the team in the attack too. We need to get Santone into the team, and playing regularly.

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  21. tbh If Colo was signed up now I’d be happy with getting rid of Perch and just signing another covering defender. Saylor, willo, Collo and say Ridgewell would do me for centerhalves.

    I’d rather buy a leftback so Santon can replace Simmo and have simmo and Raylor as back-up players

    a left back and a striker, after losing some fring player would only cost us 10mill

    Also lose players like Perch, Loven, Smith, Ranger and err Xisco 🙂

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  22. Just read this

    watching the un-washed v man £ity game and I reckon that sky will give the man of the match to Steven Gerrard

    HAHAHAHAHAHA IT’S SO TRUE!!!

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  23. Like a few have said , i think Nicky Maynard would be a good prospect for the right price. Similar to Shane Long, who i think we missed out on. But from previous transfer windows and Alan Pardew saying no striker this window.
    Alas i dont see it happening.

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  24. But i thought S.Gerrard does deserve the award. He literally brought the spark on liverpool. 😯

    His crosses are so accurate that carroll still can’t score. 😆

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  25. DL Sept 2011
    Of course we had also hoped to secure a further striker in the window, in addition to Demba Ba.

    “Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer. 🙄

    “Negotiations were complex and protracted and unfortunately it was disappointing that ultimately we could not secure our priority target. 🙄

    “Whilst we did turn our attention to alternative prospects in the latter stages of the window, we have a very clear transfer policy and will not make knee-jerk decisions 😯 at the last-minute which are not in the best interests of the club. 😆

    “We understand that supporters will feel frustrated that we did not sign another striker during the window, 😯 but it was not for lack of trying that we did not bring our final target in.” 😆

    he might as well just release this again 😀

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  26. Munich Mag hopefully Best will .come good again. Totally agree with the rest of your post as well. All the team not just the strikers need to start chipping in.

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  27. The moment i told my friend the current man city squad abilities to mount for title challenge is the same as old newcastle….

    the mackems scored. 😯

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  28. dont believe the scum beat shitty in the 94th min ffs 👿
    shitty had 68% possession n all

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  29. Do you think we can buy Sessegnon? he can play in the wing or in the hole and has great skills. I like him a lot in PSG and now long time I didn’t see him play I saw him today against Man City, still very good player Sunderland buy him 6 or 7 m if we give 10 we can have it for sure.

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  30. Sessegnon for 10? 😯

    I thought he looked good early season but just runs about not knowing what to do. Apparently hes returning to France, His wife and 5kids have already returned as they think Sunderland is a dump

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  31. But yeah I think its clear we need a centre back that can cover right back, or a right back who can cover left back.

    Even after that, I’d rather us sign a winger than a striker.If we will never see Benny on the wing again then we only really have one winger with experience in the PL. Marveux injured, Obertan hardly counts, sammy and shane definitely don’t. We’re relying completely on Cabaye for playmaking and if he’s having an off day we not got much apart from hoof ball.

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  32. No wonder Martin O’Neill doesn’t want newcastle job. cause he is the true mackem supporter. 😉

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  33. If i said it once i’ve said it a dozen times,Martin O’neil is such a lucky manager ,that goal was so offside, jammy c***s. 👿

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  34. O`Neil has them all fighting and scrapping for the ball perhaps Ober needs to watch how its done end of

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  35. January 1st, 2012

    Newcastle have also been linked with Giroud’s Montpellier team-mate, defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and are believed to be ready to put in a bid this month, particularly after losing Steven Taylor to an Achilles injury.

    French radio station RMC said today that Arsenal are also monitoring the 22-year-old but that Newcastle are ahead in the running and are prepared to pay 6million euro (£5million) for the France under-21 international.

    The Magpies’ interest in Yanga-Mbiwa dates back to earlier this season although Arsenal were linked with Yanga-Mbiwa as long as May (see article), but the player is reported to be taking English lessons ahead of a move to the Premier League.

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  36. Cheers Toonsy, happy to contribute mate.

    Maybe a loan signing might be a good insurance policy incase Ben Arfa and Best doesn’t work out – a short term solution to a short term problem?

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  37. Think Samba will cost a lot more that 4 mill tbh. Shame, cracking defender.

    personally not a fan of loan players. Its not often they really work out and even if it does you have the problem of replacing them once they go back to their club as that is where they’ll end up being if they perform. Sturridge and Wilshere spring to mind.

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  38. Course need a striker!!! Even if Ba was not leaving he needs support and there’s no back up of quality in any case!! As well as a CB and full back, there’s no strength in depth at the back and up front of ANY quality. Plenty in midfield but feck all elsewhere which was highlighted in the last 7 weeks when we had a couple of injuries….first choice 11 are decent but need a squad!

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  39. Toonexile – you’re right pal. Our squad isn’t actually the smallest but in terms of real quality we do lack in certain areas; everywhere but the middle of the park like you say. Reality is though we’re only going to be allowed to spend so much and CB has to be the priority for me. Ideally we’d sign both but beggars can’t be choosers 🙁

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