SholaAmeobi29Amongst the subjects covered by Alan Pardew in the lead up to the crucial match with QPR, was the ongoing subject of what to do with his strikers and this is what the manager had to say;

“It’s natural for pressure to be applied when you have one striker scoring and one not. We are having to work our way through it and that’s what we’ll continue to try to do.

Sometimes with players you need to show loyalty and sometimes you need to show faith, I’ll always do that with my strikers.

However, there does come a point when I have to say ‘OK – let’s try something new’. Shola is knocking on the door at the minute. He wants to have a go and that’s something I will need to look closely at over the next couple of games”.

Pardew’s quotes were then interpreted that Cisse had ‘…the next couple of games’ to score goals or else he was up for the chop.

Well we’ve had one of those couple of games and Cisse was replaced by a goalscoring match winning Shola Ameobi!

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It is sheer bad luck, or possibly bad judgement in the summer transfer trading, that we have been left with a wafer thin squad which does happen to have two outstanding goalscorers but who want/need to play in exactly the same position.

Amazon_Gift_Card_Christmas_2012_The_Mag_Shop_2Ba has the more all round game while in recent matches Cisse has actually started to play a lot better in his enforced right wing spot of a front three, or middle five as it actually appears to be.

The boos when Cisse was substituted were recognition that he is contributing to the team but rarely getting the chance to do what he is best (outstanding?) at, which is sticking the ball in the net.

The Boxing day match at Old Trafford is a chance for Alan Pardew to maybe try something different, especially with not many fans expecting anything.

I would put my bottom dollar on the manager playing Shola up top with Ba behind him, then Obertan on the right to try and stop the threat of Evra coming forward, something Alan Pardew is always keen to put forward in his assessment of what Obertan can offer.

Despite Jonas getting hauled off on Saturday I think Alan Pardew will play him as usual but in a 4-4-1-1 formation of;

Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Obertan, Anita, Perch, Gutierrez; Ba; Shola

What Papiss Cisse will make of it is anybody’s guess.

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15 comments
jD Sports
jD Sports

So in hindsight, was Ashley's decision to sell Carroll a good one?


Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose

People seem to forget the Shearer was out for 6 months at Blackburn & nearly a Full season at the Toon,

He was Andys age & then had no more serious injuries

mentalman
mentalman

When Carroll allegedly fell off the bar stool and injured himself just before we sold him I was told by a physio that the injury he suffered would ruin his career and medical staff told the club this and that was a factor in the sale (obviously there was 36 million others to) looks like the physio was right.

As others have said I'd take him but there would need to be clauses in his contract about pay as play or only paying a percentage of his wage when he's injured

It'd all depend how desperate he is to come back

NufcToon
NufcToon

Should be claiming incapacity benefit he's that much of a crock

The Adelphi
The Adelphi

For Andy Carroll read Duncan Ferguson. The similarities are uncanny in every sense of the word. Enough said in my opinion

stepaylor
stepaylor

great player when fit but nobody surely would take that much of a gamble on him again. On his day is worth the money five times over but on his day is less than ten times a season. Its a shame because i would love to see him leading the line for us again. he is obviously a good player and a toon fan but would have to let the head rule the heart on this one

Conman
Conman

In hindsight, we were lucky to offload him and get the money.

Why would anyone buy him now. Big wages and very injury prone.

Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck

Conman what was that? WE were lucky to get the money! I didn't see any of it did you? nor did the club it went straight in tubby's Sky rocket. Having said that Ashley would be a fool to risk buying Carroll and he's many things but not a fool when it comes to the green folding stuff.

Larry Adler
Larry Adler

Ashley wouldn't pay £95,000 per week wages for messi, never mind crock Carroll. I wouldn't go anywhere near him.

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

I would be mortified if went anywhere near him.

It was probably the best business ever done in the transfer market and I don't want the crock at the club anyway.

1957
1957

He was injured when he left us and seems to have spent most of the time since injured.

We can't afford to buy another player with an injury record like Michael Owen or as unfortunate as some of his problems have been Siem de Jong. In a club where austerity isn't the driving force it might be ok but not here.

toonfifer
toonfifer

I would have him back in a heartbeat.


£6 Million and put him on a pay as you play contract with a goal bonus. 


On his day he is unplayable and an ideal partner with Perez feeding off the knock ons and De Jong playing the Nolan role.


Get Andros Townsend on the other side with Colback and Veretout in a 4-2-3-1 formation

stepaylor
stepaylor

@toonfifer yes but im not sure he would agree to a pay as you play contract, would be great though

NicholasDryden
NicholasDryden

thank god, 1 reason is enough, like saylor he is a perma-crock.