Pardew: “We need to create a different type of goal”

Posted on September 10th, 2011 | 24 Comments |

Newcastle United will be looking for goals from Demba Ba.
Up to the task?
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says we have to find new ways of scoring goals now that we’ve sold all the people that scored them for us last season.

It already seems like a geological time era has passed since the last Newcastle match and we still have to wait until Monday. There seems to be a general feeling of post-transfer window depression amongst Toon fans and we need a match to – preferably a winning one – to help lift the gloom.

Whilst Alan Pardew has allegedly ‘got over’ the disappointment of not signing the striker he was after in the transfer window, he does still seem a little unsure where our goals are going to come from. Pardew said:

We are going into the unknown to a certain degree because a lot of the goals we created and scored last year are not in this team.

But we have got a lot of new talent and that new talent is exciting and they have shown that in games. We are going to be leaning on them to make us look a little bit different and to create a different type of goal.

Well, I hope that by a ‘different type of goal’ he still means one that ends up in the back of the net. In previous articles I have tipped Leon Best to come good in the goals department and it seems that Mr Pardew agrees with me (thus proving he’s not wrong all of the time):

He’s 24, Leon Best, and in his last game, he scored two goals in the Premier League. That’s very, very difficult against a good, defensive, tight side,” said Pardew.

His record for me is very, very good and I hope that continues.

If last season is anything to go by, Demba Ba should be able to knock in a few too, although I can’t say I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from him so far. Having said that, I think a striker needs half a dozen games on the trot to really find their form in front of goal.

In terms of defence, I’ve been reading that we shouldn’t expect to see Davide Santon in the starting line-up too soon because of his recent international duties and Pardew wants to take time to integrate him into the team properly. So Ryan Taylor will probably be at left-back on Monday.

For anyone who’s interested, The Chronicle will supposedly be publishing the answers to the twenty questions fans asked Ashley and Llambias at some point today, although my question about the solution to Goldbach’s conjecture didn’t make the cut.

Anyway, cheer up everyone, it’s Saturday. Hope you all have a good weekend.

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24 Responses

  1. well lets hope with the easy start to the season that we can get the points on the board to make us secure in mid table until jan and then maybe we will get the striker we have waited 12 mths for but dont hold your breath.

  2. i think it’s time for ba to show us how it done. we’ve waited to long for this and i think it’s time we started winning games by more than 1 goal.

    i’m little worryed about raylor at LB again, imo i would have put santon on but hopefully it’s turn out well.

  3. Got half way through chroniclelive’s 14 Q&As & gave up – predictable excuses – agents fees, undersoil heating & jam tomorrow!

  4. “We are going into the unknown to a certain degree because a lot of the goals we created and scored last year are not in this team”

    No shlt Sherlock ? I wonder when that dawned on you ?

    Out of a total of 56 league goals scored last season we have lost players who contributed over half that total.

  5. I think our strikers are good enough to stick the ball into the back of the net. However without Ben Arfa I do worry about the chances we can create for them

  6. Sorry to sound pedantic, but I will just repeat what I said in the previous blog, anyone can ignore or respond as they so wish.

    AP quote-“But there are difficulties in today’s market, especially with young strikers who have got potential. That’s what we were targeting and that’s the hardest type of player to get.”

    I wonder how that makes the young strikers with potential that we actually have on the books feel.

    Sammyobei, Airey, Donaldson, Adjei, Ranger to name but a few. Not to mention the experienced ones we have already.

    I’m not so sure that we are in such a desperate need for a striker, I’m fairly confident that what we have will get goals with the right service. I’m also confident that a lot of goals will come from the midfield this season. I don’t think we will have to depend so much on a few individuals as we did last year.

    Yes a marque striker signing would be nice but it needs to be the right one, not like some of the expensive white elephants we have had.

  7. i have just undertook the monotonous task,of trawling through derek llambias’s answers,f**k me he could have wrote a novel.
    i agree with some of the stuff he was saying,about sustainability,abuse of the owner,how they are damned if they do,and damned if they dont.
    the one thing that sticks with me,is their stance on the sale of the club.even if some oil rich arab for instance,wanted to buy the club,what merit does buying a box for five year,have for a potential buyer?
    surely if the potential buyer has shown they have proof of funds,then why this bollox about buying a five year box?
    all this demonstrates to me,is that they are making money out of this club,and they have no intention of selling.they are just showing themselves to be,the conmen i’ve always took them for.

  8. TROJAN 69 says:
    September 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    “i agree with some of the stuff he was saying,about sustainability,abuse of the owner,how they are damned if they do,and damned if they dont.”

    Trojan, I thought some of them were just broad generalities. While they may seem to make sense in themselves, they didn’t necessarily hold in the specific on closer examination in relation to Newcastle United.

  9. worky,aye a lot of it is typical politician crap,but i had to agree with dracula,about ashley being reluctant to spend money,as he gets so much abuse.
    all in all it was basically what we thought it was going to be,a lot of flannel and skirting around certain issues.

  10. the point of the article,”we need to create a different kind of goal”,will come in handy if we lose a few games,due to our striking frailties,pardew can use the tried and tested,”i feel sorry for the fans,we created a lot of chances,but unfortunatley we couldn’t get them over the line”.

  11. TROJAN 69 says:
    September 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    “worky,aye a lot of it is typical politician crap,but i had to agree with dracula,about ashley being reluctant to spend money,as he gets so much abuse.”

    Some of it made me want to vomit to be honest Trojan.

    From the picture Owlheed painted, it was almost as if Ashley bought Newcastle United and as some kind of benevolent charitable gesture to save the club from the grip of the Byker Beelzibub for the Geordie people, and we have been mere ingrates who have failed to appreciate his wonderful and generous gesture. This is absolute shite and completely dishonest, as is the norm for Ashley. You just have to take one look at what the stadium is becoming to know that SJH was right that one of the primary reasons he bought it was to turn SJP into a gigantic, cheap and tacky billboard to promote Sports Direct to a worldwide audience through the Premiership. There were others, but all of them point to some kind of gain for Ashley in the long term and it was purely a business decision.

    If he got stiffed by Hall and Freddy, that’s his mistake and he should live with the consequences. Vulture capitalism of the kind practised by Ashley is high gain but also high risk, if he’s going to accept the gains, he must also accept the losses and cease this offensive Mother Theresa shite.

  12. “If he got stiffed by Hall and Freddy, that’s his mistake and he should live with the consequences.”

    He did and he doesnt want to !

    Ultimately I could just about manage to live with the Fatman in charge if I thought he had an ability to run a football club successfully. OK the club was in dire financial straits and maybe SJH failed to tell Fatman about that. However if it had been me that got suckered by the old fraud I would have made the following my priorities :

    a) improve the financial status of the club by reducing the wage bill asap at the same time looking at ways to improve commercial revenues and “bums on seats”
    b) continue the improvement of the playing staff as much as possible
    c) employ a manager who I could trust to take a young developing squad from mid table to top four using his expertise to build a team of young, less experienced, inexpensive players.

    Fatman seems to have done one of those three. Cant win them all :(

  13. By those metrics you could easily make the argument that he’s accomplished 1 & 2. In this day and age, I don’t think #3 is very realistic. Mid table to top 8 maybe, mid table to top 4, no way.

  14. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    September 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    “Sorry to sound pedantic, but I will just repeat what I said in the previous blog, anyone can ignore or respond as they so wish.”

    I’m not ignoring it Grumpy. I think that in relation to the “young” strikers, I think think the ones he was talking about signing are ones which though still young are further down the road than Airey, Donaldson, Adjei etc. I think he meant early twenties with a bit of regular first team experience in a top league with their previous clubs, not teeneagers. I think he used young to differentiate from signings like Owen and Viduka in the past rather than bairns for the future like Abeid et al.

    I agree with you genarally about the other point, but for better or worse it has become a focus for discontent with that horrible man as these things do sometimes Grunpy.

  15. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    September 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    “Just a thought: Was kk ever in a NUFC team that got showed on motd i.e. in the top league?”

    Divven’t think so Clint. His lordship retired on our promotion in ’84.

    FFS that’s a long time ago! Where did it all go?

  16. worky,
    that’s what i thought like.
    Just wondered why they used that for the title sequences?
    I suppose it just shows that they reside i the hotel ignoramus when it comes to NUFC.
    They coulda had Pedro, Tino, Shearer, Lee the list is endless.
    But no, they go back to a time & ex player that didn’t even appear in this league.
    motd sucks as much as it blows.

    BTW,
    hansen is so incredibly biased i wanna vomit.

  17. a bad-heel from Sturridge won it – doubt if there’s much chance of chelski letting him go now.
    Bentner missed a header – no doubts who is the better CF.

  18. supermac says:
    September 11, 2011 at 12:34 am

    “anything we can do to cheer them up?”

    I hard to know how to cheer someone up when thay have to live in Sunderland supermac. :-)

  19. workyticket says:

    “hard to know how to cheer someone up when thay have to live in Sunderland supermac. :-)”

    Is it any wonder that Gyan decided to feck off and leave the S O Sh behind for a life in Dubai ? Bent also must have got supremely pissed off having to live in Newcastle only to get slagged off by the locals ?

    Some Makem on 606 yesterday said that he doubted if some players realised how big a club it was, whereas I think what he really meant was that “most players dont realise what a s@@@hole Sunderland is”

    OK Newcastle aint Barcelona, Madrid or Milan but at least its not twinned with Kabul :)

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