Pardew caused more than a few raised eyebrows when opting to use Hatem Ben Arfa as the focal point of his attack against Liverpool last weekend, with compatriots Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran on either side of the mercurial French playmaker and Papiss Demba Cisse left on the bench.
And so the Magpies are blessed with an array of eye-catching attacking talent from which to choose from, although if I was the club’s director of football, then I would be recommending the addition of some new faces up front come the turn of the year in order to provide the manager with more forward options and the possibility of an always important Plan B.
Consequently, I would be targeting six-month loan swoops for both unsettled Manchester United wide man Wilfried Zaha and former Newcastle front man Demba Ba, who barely gets a game these days at Chelsea.
With the Premier League champions looking to offload their England winger come the new year, a player of Zaha’s speed and cunning—who would also have a major point to prove to his many doubters, especially David Moyes—would be an ideal addition at St James’ in order to provide competition for places in one of the two wide positions either side of the central striker.
David Moyes confirms Swansea, Newcastle and West Brom are open to bid for Wilfried Zaha: http://t.co/Rr2i16xlXW (@ManUtd)
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) October 27, 2013
Meanwhile, Senegal international Ba has never really been replaced since he moved south last January would more than likely slip seamlessly back into the Newcastle setup, with Cisse struggling badly for confidence in front of goal at present and having been recently demoted to the bench.
Not only that, but the front man’s arrival would also allow Pardew to utilise Ben Arfa in other attacking roles should he so wish, with Ba taking his place in the middle of the 4-3-3 surely hungry just to get on the field of play again after warming the bench for most of this year.
And, if a loan swoop for Ba were to fall through, then Pardew can always turn his attentions to either long-running target Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon or prolific forward Ola Toivonen PSV Eindhoven (see above video).
The latter is another highly rated striker whom the North-East club has been monitoring of late, and both of who would also fit perfectly into this system as a central striker.