Newcastle are a club with a long history of having talented strikers, and their fanbase react well to having a goalscorer at the focal point of their side. Their most famous frontmen are the likes of Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Les Ferdinand, but even in recent years they have had the goals of Demba Ba and Loic Remy to rely on, with the one exceptional spell from Papiss Cisse. This season, they currently have Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong in their squad, but there is concern that they will not be good enough on their own to fire Newcastle into the top eight.
There was great hope after Papiss Cisse’s arrival that he would be a top striker for a number of seasons, however after scoring 13 in his first 12 matches, he has only managed to get 10 in his last 62 league appearances for the club. Of course, he could find his form again this season given good supply, but it would be foolish of Newcastle to start this season as their main striker. The arrival of Emmanuel Riviere is a curious case, as he has always had potential and his pace makes him a difficult opponent, but he has failed to score consistently throughout his career. Last season was the first time Riviere managed to his the ten goal barrier and he was playing in a side which finished second in the league. It’s hard to imagine he will score lots of goals for Newcastle this season. While Perez and Armstrong are both young and haven’t got a Premier League goal between them, they may be able to contribute with a few goals, but Pardew will not want to use them a lot, given their inexperience.
Alan Pardew has added two quality creative midfielders in Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella, so it’s safe to say creativity will not be an issue as it was in the latter part of last season. He also has the option of playing Hatem Ben Arfa, but his future is looking increasingly precarious. These two additions should also add a number of goals to the side, giving Newcastle genuine threats from midfield for the first time since Kevin Nolan left the club, but they still require a striker who can score upwards of 15 goals every year.
They remain in the market for a marquee name to join the club to add goals, with papers linking them to Alexandre Lacazette, Loic Remy, Romulu Lukaku and Facundo Ferreyra. A move for Remy could very much be on the cards after his transfer to Liverpool collapsed. He is running out of options and Newcastle have kept an interest in the man who impressed at St James’ Park last season. Meanwhile Lacazette looks to be holding out for a move to a club competing in Europe, while the fee may also put Mike Ashley off. Lukaku is a player who won’t get first team football at Chelsea and Pardew’s friendship with Jose Mourinho means a deal could be struck, albeit it appears unlikely. All three would be great additions, but there are doubts about Newcastle’s ambitions to add a top quality striker.
It’s clear Newcastle need to sign another striker, especially if they are going to be able to live up to Alan Pardew’s lofty ambitions of a Champions League place. If they manage to sign another striker, the fans will see the club are starting to move in the right direction, instead of the growing concerns that existed over the past couple of seasons. While a top six/eight finish could go a long way in helping the club keep hold of their best players, something which they currently struggle with.