Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has no doubts over his current strikers.

The Toon boss, under fire after Newcastle failed to recruit a striker since ­losing top guns Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, believes his attacking options are ­underestimated.

Pardew said: "There are question marks against us because we have lost a lot of goals from Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan and a lot of ­assists from players such as Joey Barton and Jose ­Enrique.

"But the response from the group has been good. It is a work in progress.

"We are getting new ­signing Sylvain Marveaux up to speed. Demba Ba has been on Ramadan and he is going to get better.

"And to have a fit Hatem Ben Arfa back with his ­creative flair gives us a completely new look to our front line."

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