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Alan Pardew admits he’s desperate to sign a striker in January

6 years ago
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Alan Pardew has admitted that he is desperate to sign a striker in the January transfer window ‘…if we can get one’.

The Newcastle manager says that Papiss Cisse ‘…is still not right’ and of course he will also be missing for up to six weeks when he heads off to the African Cup on Nations shortly.

By my reckoning, not being able to rely on Papiss Cisse’s ongoing fitness/availability actually makes Newcastle two strikers short.

While Ayoze Perez has been a massive surprise bonus, Pardew has even admitted that the Spaniard isn’t an out and out striker, more of a link up man between midfield and attack.

Alan Pardew;

“I think that we are still a striker light, even when Siem de Jong returns, I still think we will need another one.

“Papiss, even taking away the flu that he has had, is still not right. He’s not 100 per cent, you can see that in the way he has been playing, that is something we need to look at.

“I don’t want to talk too much about the transfer window but we do need another striker if we can get one.”

Like Ayoze perez, Siem De Jong is an attacking midfielder rather than an out and out and striker.

With Emmanuel Riviere showing absolutely nothing, loan ‘star’ Facundo Ferreyra still in hiding (when asked whether we will see the Argentinian striker on the pitch any time soon, Alan Pardew said ‘We will have to wait and see…’) and Adam Armstrong given very limited opportunities – the failure to sign a decent striker in January would be a nonsense really.

In previous transfer windows when Alan Pardew has talked of needing a player for a certain position, Mike Ashley has very rarely delivered – will this January be any different?

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