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Two In, Two Out In January?

8 years ago
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Sign On At Last?

Alan Pardew yesterday admitted the club made a mistake by not signing more players in the summer.

This is what he said…

“Myself, Mike and Derek all agree we should have bought one more senior player in here. For whatever reason, it did not happen.

“But it is not Graham’s fault, Derek’s fault or Mike’s fault, or mine – it is a collective thing and we have to take that all on the chin. We got that wrong.”

“It is a difficult window, but I think we would like to get – definitely – one player in and not lose anybody.”

Typical boardroom generated defensive statement designed to put the fans on the back foot.

Now then, call me old fashioned or even outright stupid if you like, but if he now agrees they should have brought in at least one more player in the summer off the back of a season where we finished 5th, why the hell are they only contemplating bringing in one more player now we’re fifth bottom…surely we should be buying one of the many that got away in the summer plus a n other without losing anyone.

What’s the problem here? Why are we being cautious in the situation we’re in? This season is the single most important there is in terms of income because if we’re not in the premiership next year we miss out on the biggest financial deal ever for Premiership clubs, surely the gambler in Ashley realises that this of all years is the worst to lose premiership status.

Why then in light of the fact we’re in a relegation dogfight already, are we only thinking in terms of buying only one more player? While it certainly looks like Pardew’s preparing us for losing Ba as well.

Here’s my Mystic Meg impression for the January transfer window.

Remy in
Debuchy in

Marveaux out
Ba out

Nett result – two for two and a slight strengthening of the squad but nowhere near enough considering our position with a nett spend of circa 5 million, chump change in the scheme of things.

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