Ten To Go

Three victories from a remaining twenty games will more than likely cement the Magpies a place in the EPL for 2012/13. The fight and energy shown in the early part of the season came back in abundance against Bolton, and once again a strong determination to not let the opposition score was on show.

Demba Ba - Newcastle United

Damba Ba will be a massive miss

The back four, enhanced by Mike Williamson’s return, shut out a Bolton Wanderers attack that looked blunt and limited. With two weeks until Demba Ba’s exit, Alan Pardew is looking at a strike force of Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands and wondering what can be done to compensate.

None of the remaining strikers are capable of delivering the consistency, quality and more importantly the goals that Demba Ba has brought since his arrival, therefore bringing in a striker of similar quality is required. The purchase of a striker in January has been denied by Alan Pardew recently (since the break down of the Modibo Maiga transfer) but if you were looking for a forward, you wouldn’t share that knowledge with the press and other clubs. Perhaps a loan move for a striker may be of use but it is hard to find a player of high enough quality available on loan and we wouldn’t want another Shefki Kuqi situation, with a player brought in who doesn’t have enough quality to make an impact. A defender or two would also bolster the squad and help push the team on to look beyond initial survival and aim for a potential top ten or even top eight finish.

Mike Ashley’s purse must open and Pardew has silenced even his most stubborn critics, including myself. The next six weeks are crucial to this team’s development and progression.

Is this team ready to challenge for Europe? The answer is a resounding yes and with a bolstered attack and strengthened defence the opportunity for this team to move forward is now rather than later. In life and in football we look back and rue chances, opportunities and moments that could have been more. Ashley needs to stand up and be counted in a world where Arab oil and agents have called the shots.

In the words of writer William Arthur Ward

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records

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About the Author: James P Mahon

James is a former radio Dj with Party 934 & Flirt FM 101.3 in Ireland & has TV presented with News2day on RTE 2 as well as the recent documentary Dingle to LA. He was a writer for Sin newspaper and the Chesterfield Post and is general manager of record label COAL Records Ltd for Tribal Talent Ireland. As well as being a die hard magpie he also writes regularly to and hosts an online chat show on He is currently studying a masters in broadcast journalism at the University of Sheffield and has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio, Blogtalkradio NYC and ForgeRadio: Twitter= @jamesPmahon

2 Comments + Add Comment

  • please guys, anyone got a link to the game tonight??

  • I dont get why upper middle teams are so concious about trying to compete in Europe. England is the nest league in the world and if they deal with the foundation ie. getting it right in england and competing and winning against the top teams, then europe will be sure to follow

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