In advance of the trip to Anfield, the manager has announced he doesn’t expect any new striker to arrive in the transfer window.

While admiring Alan Pardew’s  straight talking it doesn’t exactly put a spring in your step for the new year, especially with Demba Ba off to represent his country.

The manager, “I don’t think we’ll be bringing a striker in this window after the collapse of Maiga, which we put a lot of work into, I think, as far as we’re concerned, we’ll go with what we’ve got.

You have to pay over the odds in this window, everybody does, and you have to accept that if you’re going to invest in this window. But we won’t be in terms of a striker”.

Pardew then went on to comment on the Maiga deal breaking down;

“Unfortunate for the player – you can imagine he’s probably more disappointed than anybody else but these things happen and we’ll have to do a lot of work between now and the summer to locate another striker”.

We more than most know strikers (who score goals) are hard to come by but I can’t believe that Alan Pardew wouldn’t want the club to be moving heaven and earth to give him another attacking option for the rest of this season.

Yes I understand a strategy of trying to get the best value and spending time targeting the right players but Newcastle needed at least two strikers from the moment they sold Andy Carroll and sometimes you have to push the boat out – even if it is somebody in on loan.

You can shuffle Newcastle’s attacking options around as much as you like but without Ba how will this team score goals?

Answers on a postcard.