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I Hope 2+2 Doesn’t = 4 For Newcastle United’s Summer Transfers

8 years ago

There is always a danger of getting into a frame of mind where you can only see negatives about the club but to be fair, last summer’s disastrous transfer policy must leave doubts in the minds of even the most optimistic Newcastle United fan.

So turning our attention to what happens in the transfer market this summer, what are our expectations?

Obviously we need to seriously strengthen the team/squad and I’m trying not to panic after reading these two quotes earlier today.

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Alan Pardew talking to the official club website;

“I think the one who is really knocking on the door is Adam Campbell and I’d like to think he will be in and around the first team next year.”

Goalkeeping coach, Andy Woodman, speaking to the Northern Echo;

“You can always look at your squad in any department and want to strengthen here and there but there comes a point when you’ve got to look at what you have got and promote from within.

You’ve got to have belief in these young kids, that is the point of producing them. Jak Alnwick as an example has been putting in performances week in, week out, and not just in games for the under 21s but also on the training pitch. He trains with the first team pretty much every day.”

Now kids coming through is great…when they are good enough. Are Campbell and Alnwick going to be Premier League standard? I’d love to think so but all the statistics say that very few homegrown players come through at any Premier League club, never mind at Newcastle.

When players weren’t signed last summer, Alan Pardew had no option but to play the younger players and not one of those who had come through the academy did anything to suggest they were good enough.

It would be great to think that Newcastle will pick themselves up and have matches next season where we are 2 or 3 up and somebody like Adam Campbell can get 20 minutes here and there.

However, we could be heading down towards an even bigger nightmare than last season if young players such as Alnwick and Campbell are counted as new additions to the first team squad INSTEAD of the new signings we desperately need to make.

So as I suggest in this article’s headline, I hope my maths ins’t up to standard.



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