ALAN Pardew won’t bring a free agent striker to Newcastle United – despite his side drawning another blank at Loftus Road.
Pardew revealed after last night’s goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers that he won’t strengthen his attack outside the transfer window.
Last season Pardew signed out of contract Shefki Kuqi in the days after Andy Carroll’s January sale to Liverpool.
But despite the club’s failure to sign Carroll’s replacement in the summer window, Pardew will wait until the New Year before making his move, despite the availability of the likes of James McFadden and James Beattie.
Asked if he was looking at the free agents list, Pardew said: “No, we won’t be doing that.
“We have enough, and I think we can’t say that this game was a fair reflection on us.
“Perhaps what is, is that we are fourth in the league – we must be better than that or we wouldn’t be there.”
Pardew played Shola Ameobi and Leon Best up front last night, but the pair were all to often isolated, with central midfielders Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye pinned back for much of the game.
And Pardew felt the lack of opportunities owed more to the overworked and, at times, overrun midfield than the attack.
“I think you have to control a game to create chances, and you have to say that we didn’t do that,” added Pardew.
“Cheik got caught in possession a few times, and that was unusual for him.
“The midfielders probably had too much work to do, and in hindsight, I should have played another midfielder.”
However, the result still saw United climb to fourth in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s visit to Aston Villa, when they will have former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given standing between them and a goal.
“It’s another away performance in which we’ve kept a clean sheet and we go to Villa with confidence,” said Pardew.
“It’s a tough game, and it’ll probably suit us better.”