Alan Pardew considers bringing in striking flop to St James’ Park as the Magpies boss frantically searches for fire-power.
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Magpies boss Alan Pardew is on the lookout for free agents who could strengthen his attack.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is reportedly taking an interest in former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere.
The Frenchman has been a free agent since his contract at Middlesbrough expired at the end of last season, and Pardew could gamble on the 27-year-old as Andy Carroll ’s replacement.
Though Newcastle received a whopping sum of €41.5m for the England international’s services, the end of the January transfer window means they can now only sign players on a free transfer.
The Magpies’ attacking line currently includes Peter Lovenkrands , Leon Best , Nile Ranger and Shola Ameobi , who is currently nursing a fractured cheekbone.
There will be some who will suggest that Jeremie Aliadiere is a striker with a great deal of ability who could have had a sparkling career but for injury issues that prevented him from reaching his full potential. Those people would only be telling you half the story.
Yes 27 year old Frenchman Aliadiere has on occasion shown some nice touches but all in all he is nothing more than a very average player who Newcastle United should steer clear of. Let’s take a look at his record shall we. In 161 appearances he has netted 23 goals, and nine of those whilst on League Cup duty.
Whilst it’s true that the forward is not your typical prolific striker he would however surely be wanting to hit the back of the net more often than once in every seven games? The loss of Andy Carroll at the very end of the transfer window really has hamstrung the St James’ Park side and Kevin Nolan’s call on the club’s current strikers needs to be heeded if the Magpies don’t want to slip down the table.
Alan Pardew should forget bringing in the former Arsenal, Wolves, Celtic, West Ham and Middlesbrough man as to do so would not in any way resolve any fire power issues.