I could so easily write yet another article about how negative, incompetent and insufferable Alan Pardew is after the crippling Reading defeat but I won't. Why bother? I have been making the point of Pardew's failings ALL season long now from his senseless starting line ups, shambolic substitutions and his weaselling 'pass the buck' post match media work so I will now let it speak for itself. In fact it doesn't so much speak for itself but it epicly screams in every Toon fans face that nobody can now ignore. Do I need to go into how bringing off Marveaux for a defender with half an hour left completely changed the game against us? Surely are we all in agreement already and lambasted the decision at the time?
So what I am choosing to do instead is seeing that most fans are now up to speed with what I have been saying about AP throughout this diabolical season is focus on a possible solution, other than dragging that useless tripe spewer into the board room and sacking the clown. That solution could have become apparent due to what has happened at a couple of our relegation fighting buddies.
We missed out on Loic Remy because he chose the bright lights of London, to have Harry Redknapp as his mentor and to earn twice as much wages to join the bottom club in the league at QPR. Fair enough. I don't care about him (he had to go and score though didn't he?). What I do care about is who we can now go after to fill the massive void left by Demba Ba. In my opinion we need to be looking a bit closer to home than France or central Europe as there are no guarantees a signing like that will have the same impact as Cisse last season. It's always a risk.
The lad has been class this season, his scoring record is impressive and he has an admirer in our current joke of a manager when they worked together at Southampton in League One. Remember that? Our manager has come from League One, you couldn't guess could you? The fact he got sacked at a League One team is no surprise to me. Anyway, Lambert may not like how his ex-manager Adkins has been treated and if the call came from Newcastle Utd to become our next centre forward it may be too good to turn down.
If I were Alan Pardew (apart from offering my resignation) I would be on the phone to my ex-club and then to my old centre forward convincing him to change from the (strange) red and pin stripe kit of Southampton for that of the black and white stripe variety with the Number 7 shirt awaiting him. Could Lambert turn that down? Doubtful. Would he be too expensive? I can't see it. Would he make a big difference and score the goals we need to keep us in the league? I definitely think so.
Lambert is joint highest Premier League 'English' scorer with Defoe on 10 goals and joint 5th overall. Now considering he plays for lower end Southampton and hasn't exactly been a guaranteed starter at times this year, that is impressive. He knocked a cracking header in at Chelsea the other night to help earn a point in Adkins' last game in charge. Plus he has scored against Man Utd and Man City earlier in the season so it's not like he can only cut it against the also rans of the Premier League.
The more I think about this possible move, the more I like it. It makes perfect sense. Obviously Southampton fans reading this won't like it but as this football club has learned very recently with losing their best centre forward, football is football. Players leave for bigger clubs all the time. It hurts but that's life. Plus like I have earlier said, Lambert may not even be in Pochettino's plans for the club any way.
Putting a price on this potential 'deal' is hard to say but looking at his age I reckon a bid of around £5m -£8m would be enough for Southampton to accept, especially if Lambert would be open to the move and if his new manager had no objections. What is for sure is he will get goals for us immediately and he is a far safer bet than bringing in someone from Europe who may need time to settle into the Premier League. Time that we simply do not have. We need someone to come in and put these chances away now. Cisse wasted 3 clear cut opportunities on Saturday. Unacceptable.
So seeing as we are stuck with our LMA Manager Of The Year silver fox until at least the end of the season, we may as well look for ways for this to work, rather than call for his head. As much as I would love him to get his marching orders it isn't going to happen. His 8 year deal puts a bed to that option. Which by the way was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen in my life. I felt it at the time here and it is now being compounded into folklore with every embarrassing defeat that comes our way. In case you had any doubt we are a national laughing stock again. Now that didn't take long did it?
If we could also bring in that much needed striker by the time February comes along than I reckon we will have enough to stave of relegation even with the constant fight we have as a football team with our manager via his ridiculous decisions, pathetic mentality and complete lack of any responsibility. Rickie Lambert seems the safest, most realistic and best option we have at the moment. Danny Graham is a no go and any European player may not be up to the task.
Unfortunately our complete shambles of a manager is here to see this season out but if he could bring in his ex-centre forward, than at least he can do something positive for this football club for a change before hopefully being thrown out on his arse as soon the league positions are settled. Get him in.
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