Alan Pardew and The Three Degrees
This time around the job of recruiting players was always going to have been made both easier and more difficult, thanks to last season’s campaign.
Easier because Newcastle United look a much more attractive destination for ambitious players, more difficult because other club see you coming after steals like Cabaye and Tiote and will try and start a bidding war, plus improving a fifth place team is a lot harder than a lower mid-table one.
In Good, Bigirimana and Amalfitano, Newcastle appear to have made some sensible investment for the future and even if just one of those comes through to play any number of matches it will be measured a success, though clearly if United are to progress then the club needs to add signings who are ready for the first team now.
Already the very best scenario has past because even a player coming in this week would only have a few days training with his new team-mates before the Premier League season begins.
On the transfer situation Alan Pardew had this to say to The Sunday Sun this weekend;
“I do need a couple of players, maybe three. However, I am very comfortable about going into our first game without any. If, to get a deal done, we need to show patience then that’s what we will do. It’s better to be patient with the ones that you want, rather than going down the list a little bit”.
I think three is the minimum we need, while two would maybe see us ok, though a lot depends on injury.
Clearly players have been identified and are ‘on the list’, plus of course the manager has already stated previously that with transfer targets selected it is now up to the likes of Derek Llambias and secretary, Lee Charnley, to try and conclude the negotiations.
Alan Pardew identified Debuchy as a target at the end of last season and also stated as fact that he was going to bring in a dominant centre-back who would also add much needed goals. I think if these two moves don’t happen and Debuchy & Douglas, or two like for like alternatives, aren’t signed up then I think it will be a massive disappointment to Alan Pardew.
I think a realistic hope and indeed a necessity in my view, is that we need to bring in at least one extra striker who can give a goal threat, even if it somebody young and relatively raw.
While going beyond Alan Pardew’s three, I’d love to see somebody like Anita of Ajax, or a similar player, brought in to give that other option in midfield and at left-back in the Dutch midfielder’s case.
Newcastle have of course let the likes of Guthrie, Smith, Forster, Best and Lovenkrands go, five players who at least superficially made Newcastle’s squad look bigger/stronger than it was.
Nobody can blame Newcastle for driving a hard bargain in the transfer market but at the end of August the only real test of success is surely whether or not Alan Pardew has been given the extra players he undoubtedly needs to do the job this season.
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