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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23 comments
toon tony
toon tony

After selling Tiote, Krul, and Collocini where will the other £59m come from. ???

tino o
tino o

This time next year we will be in the same situation listening to the same old shite!!sorry I won't be taken in under Ashley this is us a mediocre team with no direction wanting mclaren spells out the intentions for me.

magpie9
magpie9

The only money fatty will spend is on bigger billboards for advertising S.D.

waddla
waddla

A joke of an article,cashley not interested in us full stop but big hitters leaving will no doubt happen,the man is destroying us.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

The sales I believe, and I think it is actually quite optimistic that Sissoko and Janmaat aren't included in that speculation. But £60m to spend??  Not likely, even WITH those sales.

Hez
Hez

60 million is fantasy land; sell Krul, Collocini, Tiote and probably Sissoko (he will want out) and invest 6 million is Ashley land

IntravenusMP
IntravenusMP

Not sure where the claimed have "tens of millions of profits" are, NUFC made 1.3m & 9m in the last 2 years (although 2014 accounts are due to be filed in the next day or so)


Krul is likely to be sold to Man U as they will be losing their keeper to Madrid. With Karl Darlow due to join, we have an excellent replacement. 


Collo may well go, he's showing his age and on daft wages but will need replacing, Steete is a year off being ready,  Lascelles has done well at Forest since being strangely out of favour. 


Tiote may well go, he must fancy a big move although if McClaren is to be the coach, were they not together at Twente?  Although De Jong will be back, we need a midfielder or two. 


We do need a proper goalscorer, Cisse isn't going to do it. 

mactoon
mactoon

Of course he wont allow £60 million to leave the club! Past history dictates a first team player will be sold to generate profit some of which MAY be used to bring in a 'development' player with the hope they will break into the first team. The players coming back from injury just at the right time such as de jong and Aarons will be wheeled out as giving us a strong enough squad. Carver has already said this is the case. "Take all those injuries away and we have got 26 professionals. Now that is a decent sized squad" even though we could only name 23 players of the required 25!

Phildene
Phildene

Carver contradicts himself too as has said we'll be really surprised at who is coming in but we take all carvers saying with pinch of salt as he's a liar too.

You're right though that ashley won't spend any money.

Pulse33
Pulse33

I have my doubts this is true but we can hope right? Assuming it has some truth to it I don't think they should sell Krul, he's a top keeper and world class when on his day, just a bit injury prone I suppose. Tiote and Coloccini I would have no problem with going if they are replaced with better younger players. McClaren wouldn't be my first choice but would certainly be an improvement on Pardew and Carver and supposedly has a decent record. Apparently Derby have hit a bad spell and are down to 5th and no sure thing of promotion. Heres hoping Ashley has realised without investment we are screwed next season.

Andy Gray
Andy Gray

With the TV money & profit made last year (yet to be confirmed, but estimated at £50m) surely there's no need for any further sales to fund the £60m 'spree' - we're down to the bare bones as it is, and losing another 3 would simply mean the £60m would initially spent on replacing them.

Hughie
Hughie

More unadulterated rubbish.

terriertwo
terriertwo

They have named three players they want to sell to boost the funds to buy players. What they haven't mentioned is the players that want to leave or the ones that other clubs have been eyeing up. Sissoko,Perez,Aarons come to mind. Another season coming up with little to look forward to. Ashley out.   

RexN
RexN

The Mirror wouldn't have needed to dig too far to get those figures and speculation about player movement - it has been done on this site.


The money is certainly there, and more besides unless Ashley has been paying himself back.


If he is not careful, he will have to start paying Corporation Tax on NUFC profits.

Phildene
Phildene

Ashley has been taking ALL the revenue from every thing and pocketing it,that's how he's gone up from £900m to a staggering £.4.5 BILLION in 8 years!

GeordieBri
GeordieBri

I've also heard the rumours of McLaren being a done deal... this came from one of NUFC's current professional player's agent having been told by Lee Charnley! ... Reasons I can think of for it being untrue are...

1. Charnley is a bare faced liar

2. Derby gain promotion

3. Why would any self-respecting coach/manager ever consider working for these charlatans?

4. Ashley will never sanction that level of spending... although the Mirror article also states that the £60m spend includes wages... I still don't believe it!!!

I'm sure you can all add more to this list

From the noises coming out of SJP and the yes man Charver ... I'm convinced that he has already been told that he will be head coach next season, for no other reason than the regime know that it will be impossible for them to attract any credible coach/manager to take the job under the conditions which they have stipulated!!!

v0ices
v0ices

@GeordieBri they will sign 3 players no one has heard of for reported fees of 15 million each with the rest of the money supposedly covering wages for the length of the contract. In reality total spend 12 million and who includes a running cost in the transfer budget. So in the black on transfer spending and a cut in the wage bill again.

Toonbadger
Toonbadger

"Talk of a potential £60m transfer pot isn’t totally out of the question, all it needs is Mike Ashley to allow it to happen."

That is the question, do you believe he will allow 60m beer tokens to vacate his wallet?

I dont