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Newcastle United – A Question Of Experience

9 years ago

I have seen Alan Pardew’s recent assessment of what has went wrong this season and I don’t agree with all of it but I do agree with one point he made. The lack of experience in our team is evident.

Interestingly, it was not Pardew’s assessment that prompted me to write this but the following excerpt from Dominic King’s column in the Daily Mail regarding Liverpool post-Carragher:

‘Though Toure is not in the age profile of players Liverpool sign under their American owners….there is an understanding that experience needs to be added to the dressing room following on from Carragher’s departure’.

Now, I am not sure if this is true, or if Brendan Rogers has any interest in pursuing Toure’s signature, but to me the statement and idea makes sense. Of course there should be a recruitment plan in place and a profile in which NUFC require a new recruit to fit. However, this should not be set in stone.

There will come a time when you need to add someone to your playing staff who has something a young, foreign prospect can’t give you. Experience.

With Harper now gone, that is a hugely experienced figure of stability departed the dressing room. With mutterings of Colo, Ameobi and even Simpson (who was pretty much an ever present in the season when finishing 5th, making 35 appearances in the league) all potentially out the door, this just brings the issue to the boil even more.

Add to that Ryan Taylor on the long-term injury list and the situation starts to look a bit alarming.

We have an excellent scouting and recruitment system at St James Park with a valuation and profile system that has blessed us with many impressive and promising players within a very cost effective structure…but let’s not follow it to the letter every time Mr Ashley.



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