Odd. I have seen nothing - that goal against Southampton apart - to suggest that Maiga can cut it in the Prem. But Pardew and his chief scout have a pretty good record when it comes to sourcing unlikely talent, as the squads he assembled at West Ham, Southampton and Newcastle testify.
Personally, I would be very happy to see Maiga go if we can recoup the money we paid for him. He looks brainless as a footballer to me, and there must surely be better options out there.
So why does Pardew want Maiga? Is his wife a looker by any chance?