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Llambias – No High Profile Signings In Transfer Window

8 years ago
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If you were hoping for belated team strengthening in January then you could well be disappointed.

The Northern Echo are reporting this morning that Derek Llambias has indicated Newcastle are very unlikely to make any major signings in the transfer window.

Newcastle United’s managing director explained;

“We’ve made it quite clear to everyone. We have eleven positions that are grade A players, or ‘Purples’, as we call them. Then under them we have the players who come in to take the positions so the squad gets bigger.

Eventually we’ll have 33 players who will be pushing everyone. Where we are, in effect, we have eleven Purples if you count Anita, they are there. Centre-backs, you have Colo and Steven Taylor, who are fantastic centre-backs.

To bring in another centre-back then you have James Perch, who is doing a fantastic job, Williamson who is doing a fantastic job. You can’t have two Purples per position because the club can’t afford it, You have to be realistic”.

There is a balance to be had and of course Newcastle aren’t in a position to have 22 ‘Purples’, you need to be a regular Champions League to get into that position.

However, things just don’t add up, why then did Alan Pardew very publicly say he wanted to bring in Debuchy and Douglas (‘a commanding centre-back who will also get goals’) and Derek Llambias then confirm that bids had been made that were unsuccessful?

Just saying players are doing ‘a fantastic job’ doesn’t make it true, players like Williamson and Perch plus I would say the rest of the fringe players, with the odd exception, are doing their very best. However, that doesn’t necessarily equal them all doing ‘a fantastic job’.

I think Newcastle should be more than capable of supporting 14 or so ‘Purples’ and if they’d recruited Debuchy, Douglas and a back-up striker that would potentially have put United in that position and helped protect against the injuries and indifferent form shown by some of our better players.

To be told already that no reinforcements will be riding over the hill in January….it could be a long hard cold winter.

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