Leon Best – Championship, Peter Lovenkrannds – Championship, Fraser Forster – Scotland(!), Danny Guthrie – Premier League relegation favourites, Alan Smith – League One(!!).
I feel that Newcastle United are maybe five players short as things stand and I’m hoping that deals are concluded for these players sooner rather than later, otherwise this could be a long summer.
So while the profile of targets such as Debuchy and De Jong excite me that the club are looking to push on, it similarly encourages me that they don’t see Best or Guthrie as good enough even to be squad players.
In terms of players who may leave, on the one hand you have Championship teams after the likes of Leon Best and Nile Ranger, while it is Champions League clubs casting their eyes over the likes of Cisse, Ba, Tiote and so on.
Many people would assume Demba Ba moving on, hopefully this wouldn’t be the case as if Newcastle are to continue moving forward then having three quality strikers in Cisse, Ba and De Jong would represent real progress for United.
In terms of ‘heading’ Shola actually gets half a point (7) more than Cisse while in terms of ‘speed’, you’re going to love this, Cisse gets the same mark (6.5) as Shola!
As many have said, take out Ba’s goals and with Cissé still adapting to the Premier League, where else will we get goals from? Ben Arfa can take us into Europe and himself to the European Champions as well, if he gets the chance.
Could be worth rousing yourself tomorrow morning as Ba, Best and Simpson are the special guests on Goals On Sunday which features on Sky Sports 1.
You can also send in your questions by for Demba and the boys by email or via Twitter.
Newcastle finished off deserved winners but we were left counting our blessings as the strike force blasted back into toon.
Credit as always to Colo and Krul but look at the names of the goalscorers, Ba as always but in Papiss Cissé we look to have a true number nine once more.
A slow start and shocking tackle on Cabaye threatened Newcastle’s bid for sixth. United came alive and were worth their single goal from one of the few bits of real class. Best got the goal but Santon and Ben Arfa were the stand-outs, can the manager continue to keep the French genius on the bench?