Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes the St. James’ Park club will survive without Andy Carroll leading the line.
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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is confident his players will put the furore surrounding Andy Carroll’s £35million move to Liverpool to one side at they attempt to secure their top-flight status.
Pardew, whose side host Arsenal on Saturday, said: “Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that isn’t going to go away for a long period, I shouldn’t think.
“We have to deal with that and we have to cope with that. It’s not about one player, of course, it’s about Newcastle United and we have to be resilient, be strong in our minds that it isn’t going to affect us. If we start thinking it will, then it most certainly is going to.
“But I just feel the emphasis of the team and the group is strong towards the club, and you will see that in the performance they put out. I have no doubt that we will do everything we can to try to beat a very, very good Arsenal team.”
Okay so Alan Pardew is putting a brave a face on a very serious situation.
He has lost his main striker, Andy Carroll, to a record breaking £35 million and the deal was done so late he was unable to bring in a replacement.
He even tried to re-sign Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan but ran out of time on deadline day.
This leaves him and the proud club of Newcastle in a dire situation.
His next best striker, Shola Ameobi, has been sidelined for two months after fracturing a cheekbone. This leaves Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and Leon Best as their only fit strikers – none are proven in the Premier League.
There is £35 million in the bank for the summer but will the club be in the Premier League to spend it?
They have had a great start this season, currently sitting 10th on 30 points. But with a lack of firepower they may struggle to get to the magic 40 point mark.
A tough run-in sees them playing many of the top teams whilst facing a lot of teams who are in a relegation battle.
A few bad results and they will get dragged into it.
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