Can Newcastle United Compete With Swansea?
Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m a very positive Newcastle United fan, I try to just brush the negatives to the side and try to look at things from a positive point of view, but right now I’m starting to lose faith in Newcastle, most of all, Mike Ashley.
Ashley is quite a rich man, he has made us a financially stable club, but we’re not a stable premier league team, we were almost relegated last year simply because of Alan Pardew’s mistakes, Europa league, training was not intense enough, Ashley’s lack of commitment to transfers last summer.
To be challenging for top seven etc. you need to commit money, Newcastle United are a club who should be challenging top 6 every season. Take Spurs for example, Daniel Levy is a very good businessman, although he’s almost impossible to negotiate with, he gets very good deals for Spurs’ players and players that he wants to buy.
They spent around £30m-£50m last season and are doing so again this time, though I’d say Swansea are a better example, they are becoming a very good Premier League established club, and could well overtake the likes of Everton and Newcastle. They have owners who aren’t as rich as Ashley but they love Swansea and have great ambition for them.
They spent around £10million last summer, got bargain deals for the likes of Michu and Pablo Hernandez. They finished 9th and won the Capital One cup, bearing in mind it was Michael Laudrup’s first season with them. So it was pretty similar to our season in 11/12.
However, this is what Swansea have done this season that we didn’t do last season…
First of all, they’ve actually carried on spending and bought in some decent players, in fact they’ve spent more! Bringing in the likes of Bony, Pozuelo, Jordi Amat, Shelvey – who I think are excellent signings. Whereas we only bought in Vernon Anita, as the only senior signing after our leap forward season.
Secondly, they’ve actually got an established philosophy at their club. They play mouthwatering football that we can only dream to see at Newcastle, with a manager who could make them into a consistent top 7 team. Whereas Newcastle, played some good football in 11/12, then decided we wanted to play 4-4-2 for 6 months and play hoofball in 12/13, then play 4-2-3-1 for the final few months with some new signings, who were rushed into the first team and had no time to settle.
We don’t even know if Alan Pardew will be our manager to take us forward, simply because we have no idea what Newcastle team will show up in the coming season; we could play some excellent football and almost replicate 11/12, or we could finish in the bottom half of the table and decide that Pardew isn’t the right man to take us forward.
December will be the time to judge all of this but there will be people who say Pardew isn’t the right man to take us forward. I agree with them up to a point but I would give him a chance based on that fifth top finish.
None of us know what will happen this season but this will be the year where we find out whether Pardew, Ashley and Kinnear are the right people to take us forward, or whether we need new owners and a new manager (Preferably Laudrup!) to establish a new philosophy like tiki-taka football into the club and have an actual 4-8 year plan.
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