Pardew calls on Toon strikers
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has thrown down the gauntlet to strikers Shola Ameobi and Leon Best to impress.
Last Updated: 21/01/11 10:58pm
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has thrown down the gauntlet to strikers Shola Ameobi and Leon Best to impress in the absence of Andy Carroll.
Star hitman Carroll, who has missed the Toon's last four games, will sit out once again at home to Tottenham on Saturday as he struggles to overcome a thigh injury.
The striker, who has scored 11 Premier League goals so far this season, has earned plaudits from all sides this term, as well as an England debut late last year.
But Pardew is putting his faith in forwards Ameobi and Best against Spurs and, with support from Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, he is hoping they can continue to plug the gap left by Carroll.
"Especially with Leon, he has produced in the two Premier League games," Pardew said of Best, who scored a hat-trick against West Ham earlier this month.
"The challenge is in front of him to produce that level.
"Shola, as we know, can play for this club. He has shown that over many years.
"They have the shirts at the moment and if they produce the same work-rate they did at Sunderland, they have every chance of keeping them."
Pardew admits Tottenham have a 'frightening' team at their disposal, and has hailed the work of counterpart Harry Redknapp in the transfer market.
He said: "They are title challengers, you can't get away from that.
"They have some outstanding players, as they proved against Manchester United last week.
"Harry's been fortunate that he's had good finance to strengthen the team, and he very rarely makes mistakes in the transfer market, and that's why they've got so many options.