It’s All About The Money Money Money
History tells us that we probably need to knock something off even that limited amount, so it’s likely to be something like £5m/£6m.
Now back in the day having £6m-£8m to spend in January would have been canny under Keegan/Robson as you would have been looking to add that one, possibly two, players who could add to an already strong team.
What we can’t do is look at this January window in isolation, considering the team/squad’s strength (lack of).
Ever since promotion we have struggled to have anything more than a first eleven, some would say less that!
I’m not calling for a Manchester City solution of throwing ridiculous money at our problem but surely it is time for Alan Pardew to be backed and not waste this start to the season which has been against all the odds.
Money for 2 or 3 players now would help protect the team against falling away this season and maybe best of all would convince key players that their future really can be here, at a club with ambition.
On promotion Tiote was the only real significant signing, as the injured Gosling arrived on a free, Perch for what he is worth and Ben Arfa on loan. We were really fortunate that Carroll came through and it was proved we had a solid base of players who should never have been relegated.
Fast forward to the last 12 months and the likes of Cabaye, Santon, Ben Arfa, Ba, Obertan and Marveaux have come in but Carroll, Sol, Campbell, Routledge, Nolan, Barton and Enrique have all left.
In terms of getting past a first eleven we are no further forward and while clearly Steven Taylor is a huge loss we haven’t really been hit with a bad run of injuries.
The club/team is living on a knife edge and much like you don’t like having to pay for house/car/dog insurance you realise it is the sensible thing to do.
Will Mike Ashley see the sensible route and help Alan Pardew build his club…and protect his investment?
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