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Short-Term Fixes Aren’t Enough for Newcastle United

7 years ago
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I have a feeling that November will be looked back on fondly as the reality of the Newcastle 2013 squad hits home.

Not that I think we are going to plummet but I do think we are heading for a big reality check.

The Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi partnership up front was never going to be the long-term answer, a bit like a holiday romance it is lovely while it lasts.

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Having one striker with such limited mobility who also doesn’t score goals, puts far too much reliance on his strike partner.

I do think Shola has a part to play this season but I think little and not so often (a bit like his goals) will surely need to be the case as the season progresses.

While Shola’s Newcastle career draws to a close, I’d like to think Loic Remy’s is just at the start of a long-term attachment. Sadly I have my doubts.

As a positive though, I thought that despite limited service Remy looked class against Swansea. His intelligent movement and pace creating opportunities for himself and of course one brilliant run and shot produced the possible game changing penalty…that wasn’t given.

With it being difficult to imagine Papiss Cisse bouncing back to anything like we saw during his first half season, then  the ball is bounced right into Mike Ashley’s court.

If Remy was signed up long-term and a partner of equal ability put alongside/around him, it would be a formidable proposition.

The second will undoubtedly have to happen before any chance of the first, signing a real quality striker in January ticks so many boxes and failure to do so will be a massive step backwards.

No spending in the summer must surely equal Newcastle January transfer targets top of the agenda, mustn’t it?

If the sight of Obertan and two defenders being brought on to try and chase the game at the Liberty stadium must surely be a wake up call for mike Ashley.

A job for Joe Kinnear I feel….

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