The manager must be desperate to sign a forward to complement Ba and Cisse and enable him to mix things up, especially occasions like at Chelsea yesterday where you want to give the opposition something different to think about.
Even when fit, whatever qualities Shola does have, scoring lots of goals isn’t one of them. While Pardew clearly feels Atromitos is one thing but Chelsea a step too far at the moment for 17 year old Adam Campbell, plus by not putting the young forward on the bench it also sends a message upstairs that no striker on bench = desperate need to sign one.
When you are desperate for a goal or two, bringing on two defenders in Perch and Ryan Taylor wouldn’t exactly have had Chelsea quivering in their boots.
Who that striker should be is up to Alan Pardew and whether it is an Andy Carroll or a less high profile young hopeful, I would trust his judgement.
Fact remains though, the extra striker is essential and that is without an injury to Ba or Cisse, or something tragic happening in final days of August…
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