Newcastle United – How To Deal With Transfer Bids Made Simple
This article is for Alan Pardew because he seems to have been thrown into complete disarray by a bid coming in for a player that we employ during…shock, horror, the transfer window.
Apparently this was a surprise to Pardew despite the fact that he has made it perfectly clear that the player was available for sale if a generous bid came in.
He could have treated it as a joke and ignored it completely. Alternatively, he could have used the opportunity to ridicule Arsenal (a club under serious pressure themselves) and painted the bid as one they knew that would not succeed, in an attempt to placate their fans that they were doing something.
What did Pardew do?
He dropped Cabaye for (presumably) sulking. Maybe Cabaye himself said he didn’t feel ‘in the right frame of mind’, but it was a very weak move by Pardew to let him off the hook if he was a central part of his plans against Man City.
What was the worst that could happen? He’d have a stinker as he strolled around and we lost by a hatful against a side we had little hope of getting any points against anyway? At least we avoided that, eh?
By choosing to omit Cabaye from the squad, Pardew effectively handed power over to a desperate buying club and absolved Cabaye of any responsibility of fulfilling his contractual duties. Why? Because he wanted an excuse for getting hammered against an excellent side that he, as usual, couldn’t see a way past. If only we’d had Cabaye … if only Arsenal hadn’t turned his head … if only Pardew wasn’t such an utter plonker.
For clubs like Newcastle (who are prone to unwelcome bids for their better players), the transfer window is actually great news because there comes a point when it closes and the squad we are left with has to knuckle down and SHOW why anybody who plays in the Champion’s League should be interested in them. Let’s just call it the Demba Ba phenomenon …
How to deal with Arsenal’s bid if it’s too low? Here are simple rules for Pardew to stick on a post-it note and apply to his forehead:
1. Ignore the bid.
2. Pick Cabaye if you think he’s good enough.
3. If Cabaye doesn’t play well, drop him and wait for the window to close in 12 days.
4. Use the next 12 days to quietly buy his replacement, since the club has been apparently planning for his eventual sale.
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