What attacking players do we need in the summer?

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So now that we have only five games to go and are hoping to gain entry to at least Europa League football for next season, what else is on our minds?

Of course we have each remaining game, the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Liverpool, and just seeing what Tottenham and Chelsea can do with their remaining games in the league. And then comes the transfer window after all those games are over, with all of the hundreds of names that will be linked along with NUFC.

So what kind of players will Pardew and Co be looking for over the summer? Obviously the centre-back position and even fullback has been mentioned more than enough by now. But what about attacking players? Should NUFC be looking to bolster our attack, even with noted threats as Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, and Hatem Ben Arfa available up front? Obviously, we should always be looking to improve, but exactly where?

It’s obvious that Alan Pardew prefers to have one or two formations for the squad to really know their roles and be confident in the their team-mates. The 4-4-2 that he stuck with for quite a long time until Ben Arfa was recently up for more, was a formation that was always used, so that the players were comfortable in their roles. Now our 4-3-3 has emerged as a preferable system for bossing the midfield, being threatening on the counter-attack, and having our three most feared players right against the opposing defence. We obviously have plenty of options in our 4-4-2 system to fill roles, with midfielders galore and supposedly more lined up to come in, but what about the 4-3-3? If Ben Arfa is unavailable, do we have anybody who can somewhat fill his position on the right wing? What about the left wing? What about ACoN?

In that top three, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best can obviously fill in at the striker role if absolutely necessary, and can contribute on the wings for a while. Currently though, in my opinion, the players that might have the ability to offer a threat on the wings from the start are Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, along with perhaps Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson.



Three of those players are recovering from injuries right now, and probably won’t have much of a shot at playing there this season. I’m not even that confident in Marveaux, but the little bit that I’ve seen and heard about him, he seems like a player that could wreak some havoc out there. And Obertan has also obviously shown a lack in decisiveness that would eliminate any kind of threat that he could consistently offer, but at the same time, we can see the ability in there and maybe he just needs to be inspired and coached a bit more. Sammy is another that doesn’t have the pedigree of the three starters, and is only 19 years old, but his pace, dribbling, and even height can all be huge advantages for playing up top in this system. The other youngster, Shane Ferguson has pace and great dribbling skills as well; he also has a decent cross, but I’m not sure if he would be prepared right now to start on the wing.

Looking at those options, it seems that we don’t really have any other players who could come into that system and offer a lot up top. Having said that, it is my hope that we can bring in at least one top player to actually challenge the three starters that we have in those positions. David Hoilett has been talked about almost all season, but I think he may be going to one of the few clubs that are actually bigger than us. Clint Dempsey is another player who will be entering the final year of his contract this summer, and could technically be signed for free in a few months, although I cringed when I saw that Sky rated him at £10 million when linking him with Arsenal. Then there are probably several players that Graham Carr is watching in Holland, France, Germany, and who knows where else.

Whoever comes in needs to simply fit the transfer requirements of late: Quality player that has proven himself in a lot of games, hungry to succeed, and will work for the team. The other transfer requirement of being under 26 years old I think could actually be held back a bit for this player, as really I’m mostly concerned about being prepared for our first foray into Europe in a while, and for when Ba and Cisse go off to the Africa Cup of Nations against next season.

In two years we should hopefully have some young players coming through more, hopefully in Mehdi Abeid (whatever his best position is), Haris Vuckic, and even JJ Hooper and Adam Campbell. Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson should also be getting some more game time by then as well.

If our sudden great hope does happen, and we get into the Champions League next season, then we will need a lot more quality in depth. We have a great starting XI that can hurt anybody on their day, but those extra games are going to be starting before the Premier League even begins as we’ll have to play those qualifying matches during what is usually our pre-season. This will also allow us to play better and fitter teams in the Cups, allowing us the chance to (dare I say it?) win a trophy next year!

And I’m not totally slagging off the 4-4-2 formation. It helped us against Bolton and has helped us in several games this season. But Pardew wants good options from the bench, and I’m really hoping that he can have that. Whether he wants to work the lads into a 4-3-3, or 4-4-2 is obviously up to him. But if Ben Arfa is available, it would be nice for us to still have the option of effectively playing the three up front.

More older, first team players will also mean that more of our budding stars can be free to get the experience that they need on loan. Developing these young players is just as much a part of the club’s model right now as buying inexpensive players that can do extremely well. So it would be nice to see us putting all of that into action next year with an improved squad in all areas of the pitch.

Thanks to AndrewT for sending this in.

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144 thoughts on “What attacking players do we need in the summer?

  1. HBA39 @ 50 – Thanks for your comment, I came to the same conclusion after watching a couple you tube vids of the lad.
    Like I say. on his arse too much.
    Can cross the ball tho. 😯

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  2. Newkie @ 73.
    fortunately there aren’t too many decent managers about, so L’fool will most likely have to stick with Dogleash. 😆

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  3. Beardsley-true enough, good times :mrgreen:
    It will be a few years yet before the whole of the Kop turn against him too.hoepfully!

    Back on topic, I think the forgotten man GObertan may be a decent outlet for us in some matches next year. Stick him out on the left in a 4-3-3 (if we play that formation with squaddie players) for some Europa league (fingers crossed) matches and cup matches, see what he can do cutting in with his right foot, using his pace more often in an attacking sense…or maybe he could play link up boy a bit like Jonas atm? If we can’t find a place for him then he’ll be another we’ll struggle to get rid of/recoup money on.

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  4. @81 😯 😯 😯
    The hair can’t go!
    What if he’s like Torres and loses all his ability when he cuts his hair? :mrgreen:

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  5. Hi, am not Ed Winchester, and av got nowt to say 😉 😉
    Oh sorry i av, SUNDERLAND are shite :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  6. …we’d have to change his song for starters. He could probably get a few bob for his barnet like, for cheridee or sumik. Or we could just display it in formaldehyde, on a plinth in our trophy cabinet – gotta start somewhere.

    …he should just dye it black and put it in dreads I reckon.

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  7. Charity? Pah. Auction it off to some rich bald bastard-maybe Shearer? Raise an extra 5 mil for transfers. More savvy business from Ashley 😉

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  8. Maybe if we cellotape it to a balloon and attach it to the end of a broomstick, Liverpool will buy it for £35m?

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  9. Jon R 😆

    Sew it onto Obertan’s head. Finally it will give him the confidence he needs to enjoy his football. Because he’s worth it.

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  10. Newkie 😆 Obertan really has got a cracker of a head hasn’t he. There has got to be room for a few Sports Direct logos on there. MA is missing a trick 😛

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  11. Indeed 😀 😆
    Not to undermine the lad further, but he has one of the strangest heads I’ve ever seen 😯

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  12. I really dont’ want to see big changes to the squad, but if we are in Europe there’s no doubt we need more bodies. Douglas and Hoillet would be good options – but probably not good value.

    More unexpected nuggets from Mr Carr, I expect.

    So we’re, um… 5th, right?


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    😯

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  13. I think we should sign:

    Smith
    Jones
    Brown
    Green
    White
    Black
    Clark
    and Armacchionia

    You’ve got to admit that looks like a very strong squad…. it would mean Coloccini would be out of favour with Green coming in though.

    I’m sure Pardew could work around it though. He seems to have solved the HBA problem so why not the Green one as well.

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  14. I can’t see why when playing a 4-3-3 that the players continually switch between left, centre and right sides, this would have the added benefit of confusing defenders and pulling them out of position

    Think HBA, CIsse and Ba are both good enough and flexible enough to do play in a switchable front three

    if playing 4-4-2 we probably someone more threatening in attack than Jonas and Gabby and I’m not sure Fergy / Sammy A are good enough for champions league yet

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  15. Nobby-Sold Ngog, Meireles,and Joe cole? Though he may have been a free…loaned out Kyriakgos? Uhh…aquilani loaned out as well…

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  16. My perfect cousin.

    What I like to do he doesn’t

    He is his family’s pride and joy – his mother’s little golden boy! 😯

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  17. Fuk I hate the transfer windows.. All the speculation does my head in…Remember the last window? I thought Tiote and Krul were off for sure. This info was from a reliable source as well 🙂
    More than anything I hope we don’t lose anyone other than a few fringe players..

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    another 9 days ’til Stoke. ffs 👿 👿
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    Groan.
    a new it wud be a drag.

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  19. Fuck sakes does Arry never give it a rest?

    The boy at Newcastle’s a good player as well, he’s a talent, Ben Arfa. He’s similar, another good little dribbler.

    “We probably could have had him as well, but you can’t take everyone can you? You end up with dozens of players hanging around, and we’ve got good players here anyway so he might not have got in our team.

    Going on about how he could have had Barfa and Sess. Give it a rest man, we could have had Rooney and Mouriniho. And as if Benny wouldn’t get into their team ahead of Lennon. The F.A need to take serious note of his mentioning other players and punish him accordingly, say, the England job? 😆

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  20. If any one uses twitter and likes facts and stats, follow @WhoScored

    They put interesting stats up about all the games, players and teams from across Europe. For example this was tweeted about 30 mins ago which caught my eye:

    Stoke: Have only completed 5 accurate through balls in league games all season – 5 fewer than any other team in Europe’s top 5 leagues

    Interesting ahead of our next game! Kind of sums up their game in one stat!

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  21. My Dream Recruitement this Summer Would Be:
    Forster Back As Krul Backup
    Adam Matthews From Celtic to Replace Simmo
    Douglas
    Mark Davies
    Adam Johnson for 10 Millions (Grew up as Nufc fan)
    Gary Hooper or Jay Rodriguez
    Sell: Simmo, Best, Obertan, Demba Ba (Maybe)
    And Play with this Starting 11
    Krul
    Matthews Saylor Colo Santon
    Cabaye Tioté Jonas
    Ben Arfa Cissé Johnson

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  22. [email protected], Redknapp’s a devious twat. He’ll be trying to put pressure on other sides, namely us, by talking about our players, again. All the spuds have been moaning and blaming ‘arry’s links with the England job for a dip in form. What a load of bollocks. Nothing to do with other teams just playing better than them. 😡

    [email protected], a bit more training and you could be my number two 😉 😛

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  23. [email protected]: I know mate, I can’t stand him either, or his handsome twat of a son (seriously Harry, get a DNA test done).

    It’ll be lovely when the England job inevitably goes tits up and he scurries out of football for good.

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  24. Blackbartoon – so you would buy Douglas, but not play him. 😯
    I’m glad you dont have Pardews job. 😆

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  25. BEARDSLEYS BOOTS- I Know Douglas since 2009, and when Steven Taylor Is 100% Fit, He is Better than Douglas! I would use him as 3rd Choice! Steven Taylor as the Potential to play for England but it only depends of his fitness

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  26. talking about attacking players……the three young players close to first team are all at tack minded! sammie ,fergie, tavernier 😉

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  27. Not sure what is happening with Ba. He looked very angry when taken off in the last game. It looks like more than just being upset with his own play. I would think we need him back in form to finish 5th. His play was noticeably worse in the last match. Don’t think he’s carrying a knock. Interesting to watch him against Stoke. I think he will score against them and recover some of his form. A great attacking CM will be hard to get cheap because everyone is looking for a good one including ManU. Would love to see what Vuckic could do with a healthy run of games in the pre-season. He must keep fit next season or he will be left behind. It’s coming to make or break time for him.

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  28. BEARDSLEYS BOOTS
    For Me Steven Taylor should stay in our starting 11 next season unless if we have someone clearly better than Him! But For me the ideal would be to buy a young hot prospect for the future as 4th Choice Defender like the young danish Jores Okore who plays for FC Nordsjaelland! Our policy is to produice young player and turn them into stars players so we should after that kind of defender!

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  29. BlackB…. – Dont get me wrong, I think STaylor was having his best ever season with us ’till he got knacked.
    I like his leadership of the back line, better than Colo’s and the fact that he kept Simmo in check.
    I agree tho that if we are after an up and coming CB then we should have other targets like you say.
    Ha Ha its not easy like.

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  30. Yeah You’re Right! I think Sir Alan Pardew Should Keep Colo-Saylor’s association, we were one the Best Defence in Europe before our Trip at Manchester and we concede twice as much goals I think Since Saylor’s Injury, and I would to see Saylor playing For England because we need to see some Geordies playing for England and I’m Sure that Players like Cahill or Jaglielka are not better than Him! And I would love to have Johnson and HBA in both flanks!!

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  31. I think you’ll find Marveaux will be a much better left sided winger than Johnson. imo.
    Once we get his groin sorted. 😆

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  32. I know Marveaux Very Well, He was truly a Excellent Winger at Rennes but He hasn’t be 100% since November 2010, I Think for Next Season we Should buy a Winger, Sell Obertan and Start the Season with that Winger and Shane Fergie as his Backup, If Marveaux returns 100% fit, It would be a Bonus For Us, we would Have a Strong Team!

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  33. Johnson 😀
    Maybe if he picks a fight with someone we could get him on loan…He’s a great player but I fear the merc psyche will be getting to him,and with his limited game time he’ll probably waste his career at City.
    There’s the small problem he’d probably want guaranteed CL year on year and something like 120k a week or some nonsense :mrgreen:

    If only more footballers just wanted to play football eh!

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  34. Yeah Marveux is a right cheeky player. I was on about him last season as a replacement for Enrique, not a great defender but i wanted total football damnit! 😉

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  35. Newkie- Johnson Will be Sold that summer, that’s Almost Sure! City wants 10 Millions! I Heard that Sunderland, Everton and Liverpool are Chasing, what can they offer More Than Us? We are in race for CL, and he Grew up as a Newcastle Fan! So if Guarantee Europe Next Year, he has no reason to refuse a Move at Newcastle! It Only Depends of Us! He Is at 68k a Week at City, or 275 a Month, We Can Give him something like 80k a Month I think

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  36. BlackBartoon-is that from the Mail? I’d be a bit skeptical of that mate, way too early to predict those things as far as I’m concerned. Mancini might not even have the job in a couple of weeks!

    10mil is probably a fair price for him, but Will Ashley splash that much on another player? I’d be surprised. I’m not so sure he’d ever be offered 80k either, the only person who was/is around that was Colo and presumably he’s actually agreed to a wage drop-or at least a freeze. Most of our other top talents are presumably on 40-50k and i’d imagine Ashley would want something similar, especially with FFP rules coming in.

    Would be nice though, and obviously a kick in the teeth if he went to the scum 👿

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  37. The Mail is not the Only One To talk about the Future of Adam Johnson. Sunday Express talk about it too. It Says that Mancini is desapointed by Johnson’s performance and want him Gone From City this Summer! I Agree with you about the wage, maybe that’s too much compairing to the other players at the Club, but I would love to have him next season, we’ll have an offensive side with him and Ben Arfa i think

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  38. BlackBarton I agree with you on Saylor 😉
    As for Johnson good player and im sure the wages wont be a sticking point if he gets offered decent wages.

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  39. we clearly need to sign gylfi sigurdsson who is at loan at swansea now from hoffeinheim…. great corners, free kicks, scores goals and a lot of assists………

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  40. Lovenkrands4ever,

    I’d love to see Sigurdsson come through our doors. I feel there might be a few clubs looking at him. He’d be a great squad player signing.

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  41. ive said for weeks now that we should be in for johnson,quality winger with a point to make,along with dan sturridge. how about woodgate coming back to cover the centrebacks?3 quality players

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