Football fans will always have players who they do and don’t rate but with some Newcastle fans it is at the point where it changes from game to game.

Shola comes on for the last ten minutes at Goodison and gets an assist for the late equaliser, I saw various fans’ comments afterwards saying we should play Ba & Shola up front and drop Cisse.

Demba Ba isn’t happy left on the bench (which is understandable) and knackers are saying we should sell him.

No doubt many of these people were loving the ‘X goals since Ramadan and he just can’t get enough’ chant last season, or were agonising that we might lose Cisse over the summer.

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More than any other position on the pitch, strikers will have good, and not so good, spells. Players of the calibre of Ba and Cisse need the fans behind them and be allowed to play through their lean spell, particularly when we haven’t got any other strikers! Well that is strikers who will score goals, Shola has found his own niche as a late sub to close a game or occasionally make something happen but after watching him for all these years why would he suddenly turn into a goalscorer?

Cisse more than anybody is an out and out goalscorer, Ba will get more involved in build up play but you need Papiss hanging onto the last defender and given time will score goals. Just like Shola – look at his goalscoring record and in a positive sense it will tell you all you need to know.

It would also help if occasionally (any time) somebody else apart from Ba, Ben Arfa and Cisse could score a goal, it is allowed you know!

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  • brin

    Totally agree…Shola is a lovely lad…but no goal scorer…we are still paper thin…and Abeid going out on loan …crackers

  • Mr T

    Don’t you think some players can have short term memories as well though?. I in no way want Demba Ba to go, but we gave him a platform to perform on for the last year, supported him through his lean spells (think he only scored in 10 games out of 36 appearances last year) so why is he allowing his agent to stir up rubbish? Everybody condemned Dyer and Bellamy when they moaned about whereabouts on the pitch they played. Is there much of a difference with this situation?

  • roscoe64

    Shoala has a big part to play this season what wi Europe.The man has had his problems with the toon army and i can understand why sometimes when he just does’nt seem to turn up.He’s been a great servant who has never complained when left out,only comes out and says something to the line of i’ll have to keep giving my all in training and keep knocking on the gaffers door to let him know he’s ready if needed.Ok the guys coming to the end of his time with our great club and i for one will be there the night of his testimonial if he has one.