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Ba and Erdinç – next season’s Toon strike force?

June 14th, 2011 | 30 Comments |

Alan Pardew confirms interest in Ba and Erdinç.
Pardew confirms interest in both
Could Demba Ba and Mevlüt Erdinç be Newcastle United’s first choice strike force next season?

As previously speculated, it does indeed seem that Alan Pardew has considerable interest in Mevlüt Erdinç.

Speaking to The Journal, Pardew said:

Erdinç has always been on our radar. He’s a very good player and that is all I will say at the moment.

We had a bit of a disappointment with Kevin Gameiro as he has decided to go elsewhere. We made a fantastic offer to the club and to him but these things happen.

We tried very hard on that one, but we always knew there would be setbacks along the way and we have always had other people in mind, deals we have been trying to keep to ourselves for obvious reasons.

We are working extremely hard to make those deals happen and I’m pretty happy with how things have gone so far. We should have another signing finished in the next few days, and we will able to confirm that one as well.(more…)

What is Nile Ranger’s first team future?

January 18th, 2011 | 42 Comments |

Nile Ranger, Newcastle United
First team future?
Nile Ranger scored a hat-trick for the reserves yesterday, but where does he stand in the pecking order of Newcastle United strikers?

I can’t help but think that Ranger is sliding down the list of strikers as far as Alan Pardew is concerned.

Given that Andy Carroll is our number one striker, it seems that Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best are all likely to be picked ahead of Ranger, with Best’s ranking undoubtedly helped by his hat-trick against West Ham.

And what about Xisco? We paid £5.7m for him and I can’t remember seeing him since he came on as a sub during the 6-0 thrashing of Villa. I suspect that Ranger is at least ahead of him in the pecking order.

But it may even be worse than that for Ranger because there’s always the option of pushing someone like Nolan or Ben Arfa up to support a striker, which could drop Ranger even further down the list.

And then of course there’s the rumours that we might be looking to sign another striker.

So where does this leave Nile Ranger in terms of his first team status? (more…)