Alan Pardew Lays Down His Transfer Strategy
The new fixtures are out (though we still await the SKY factor)and Alan Pardew has been laying down his intentions as he prepares for next season.
“I think the start is a lot tougher than last year and the end looks tough as well, so we will be hoping to get everything we want done as soon as possible and hopefully before we get into that opening period”.
Last summer Newcastle brought in Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Yohan Cabaye very early in the transfer window before July had crept around on the calendar.
As Pardew points out, with the likes of Spurs and Chelsea in the opening fixtures, Newcastle will need to come out of the traps ready for action as last season showed what can happen if you get some early season momentum.
It made a welcome change from previous seasons when the norm has often been to leave it as late as possible. The likes of Abeid, Santon, Obertan and Elliot were added later but the main business was struck early doors.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar situation this Summer, although the European Championships won’t be helping. The only very big fly in the ointment would be if Newcastle sell one of our elite players which would mean the manager rethinking his recruitment policy.
With Newcastle insisting that they won’t allow themselves to get dragged into bidding wars, I think with players like Debuchy – we’ve either already got him in the bag or else there’s no chance of him coming.
The same for any other high profile player at the Euros, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City may still have the ability and intention to walk in and pay a Euros inflated price for whoever has happened to shine brightly at the Championships but I can’t see that in any way been on Mike Ashley’s agenda.
Speaking to the official club website, Alan Pardew continued, like us appearing to relish having the first game at home and what should be a cracking match with ‘arryless Spurs.
“It’s a fantastic start to be at home – I thought our home game against Spurs was one of the best matches last season. We will be looking forward to that. I’m pleased for our fans as it’s a great way to start the season.
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