Newcastle United’s Market Forces
The arrival of Newcastle’s five January signings have been, for the most part, greeted with warm applause. However, some have chosen to criticise Alan Pardew’s recruitment policy.
The main area of disapproval appears to focus on the club’s reliance on the overseas (French) market when previous promises have been made regarding academy development. Of course, Pardew’s past comments relating to Arsenal do not help here and perhaps to some extent, this criticism was to be expected.
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Yet, Pardew himself has admitted that the current situation is not ideal and in essence, he would rather be relying on homegrown talent, but anyone who went to Brighton away would know why this is not possible. That game was hard evidence of a failed project in terms of Newcastle’s academy set-up and a harsh wake-up call for both the manager and the board.
So, Pardew was left with no alternative but to return to the previously rewarding French market in order to save his club from a return to the Championship. The five newcomers; Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran, Haidara and Sissoko, aside from looking very promising players, have arrived at reasonable prices… even Wenger has congratulated the club on their business acumen!
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the newcomers will hit the ground running but one thing that they do have in their favour, is their language. Newcastle, as a club, already had eight French speakers in their first team squad, prior to the arrival of the boys in blue. This will help the new recruits integrate quicker as orders can be translated and distributed by other players, both on and off the pitch.
The critics will always argue that Pardew should have invested in British players but the truth is that the market is hyperinflated and that clubs now have to pay way over the odds in order to land stars like Andy Carroll and Steven Fletcher (cough). The French market is more likely to offer up a bargain and this is why it remains the place to go when your backs are against the wall.
As a club, we have many reasons to be cheerful and now travel to Villa with our heads held high… Alain Pardeux’s noir et blanc armée!
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