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If Only Mike Ashley Had Backed Alan Pardew

8 years ago
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The defeat at Craven Cottage has once again put the focus on the transfer window, in the summer Alan Pardew wanted to transform our defence and named Debuchy and Douglas as the players he wanted but Mike Ashley didn’t back him with the money.

Pardew believed those players would give us a commanding centre-back who could also score goals and a right-back who could defend but also help create going forward.

Instead we have a central defender who stands over 6ft 4 but in no way would you describe him as ‘commanding’ and as for scoring goals…while we have a right-back who can defend a bit but as for creating…

Mike Williamson is a soft touch who with his height should be clearing every ball that is knocked forward but doesn’t, as for his other ‘qualities’ I’m afraid they are non-existent.

As for Simpson, he’s a steady player but that isn’t good enough, he must have had about twenty opportunities to put in a cross and/or attack their ageing sluggish left-back, Riise, every time he just hammers the ball off the first man.

Alan Pardew identified these positions as our biggest weaknesses and it has come back to haunt us all, sensible investment in the summer would have avoided the mess Newcastle are currently in.

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