Pardew Admits Striker Cupboard Is Bare
Alan Pardew lost a few friends last season but even his harshest critic must see that he has a job against the world at this moment in time.
Powerless to stop useful players like James Perch being sold against his wishes, more importantly – the Newcastle manager is the only one to have not been backed with new players in the transfer market this summer.
Not only that but the only out and out striker he has got, Papiss Cisse, hasn’t been allowed to travel (or has refused to travel depending on what you choose to believe) on this pre-season tour – you couldn’t make it up.
With less than four weeks now to the Premier League kicking off again, Pardew sums up the situation perfectly when he spoke to the Chronicle following Saturday night’s defeat in Portugal;
“It is fairly obvious that we are lacking a cutting edge, Papiss is obviously not here and we need to strengthen that area.
So Shola being hurt doesn’t help us. We are really relying on Yoan Gouffran at the moment and he is working hard in what is probably not his best position, in that he is up there on his own.
It is not ideal but I have to say, the players have been working tremendously hard, hopefully we get some new players in as quickly as we can.”
On the positive side the players are working hard and ‘hopefully’ we will get some new players in.
This is desperate stuff and I think it is crazy when fans say what’s the worry, still another month to the new season and still six weeks of the transfer window to go.
Anybody who has a clue must accept that it is vital to get any new signings involved in as many pre-season games and in training as possible, or we run the risk of potentially finishing any new signing’s Newcastle career before it has got going. Something which has happened countless times in the past when signings have been thrown in at the deep end.
Even those of you who can’t remember more than a few months ago, only need to look at January and five new players thrown into the team, then a number of fans saying how rubbish the likes of Mapou and Debuchy are before they even have a chance to find their feet on Tyneside.
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