In the summer I looked around our squad and wondered where the goals were going to come from.
I look around our squad now and I wonder…where the goals are going to come from.
Demba Ba has simply been outstanding, both in his goals return and overall play. However, if you take his eleven league goals out of the equation, in sixteen Premier League matches our players have scored nine goals plus the Everton own goal.
Is it any wonder then that Swansea systematically targeted Ba in non-threatening positions, repeatedly fouling him with the clueless Lee Mason failing to recognise and deal with their cynical plan with a couple of early yellows.
If say you look at our strikers leaving out Ba, they have scored four times (Best 3 and Shola 1) and so if we had used any combination of the strikers instead of Ba then I’d say it is fair to say that we could have expected something like four goals instead of Ba’s eleven from that shirt/position.
That would make 14 goals in 16 league matches, which would have meant the lowest goals scored in the division. Needless to say we wouldn’t be top 6 or 7, I’ll leave you to guess exactly Newcastle would be league-wise.
There is no one easy answer but from where I’m sitting it would be just the craziest decision, in business or football terms, to not bring in another striker in January.
Naturally the other players have to all look at themselves in terms of their own contribution and 3 goals from midfield (Gosling, Cabaye, Gutierrez) is pitiful.
With two goalscoring strikers it takes so much pressure off the rest of the team in terms of goals, relying on one man in Demba Ba would leave Newcastle United walking a real tightrope for the rest of the season.