Pardew Confirms Shift In Transfer Policy
Interviewed on Sky’s Goals On Sunday programme on Sunday morning, I think a lot of what Alan Pardew revealed was not so much just what he said, as the conclusions you could draw from it when you added in other information and previous events.
“We know (Andros Townsend) because there was talk of him going out on loan again. He has been out on loan a number of times and we looked at him this year and thought ‘would he interest us?’.
We have got fantastic players at our football club and I thought is he better than the ones we have got? I was a bit like ‘hmmm, I’m not sure’.”
Then if you take into account what Heerenveen’s 24 year old Icelandic international, Alfred Finnbogason, revealed last month;
“I was told Newcastle had made a loan offer for me at the end of the transfer window but it wasn’t an option for me to go out on loan – if they do make another offer then I’ll consider it.”
Then the final piece of the jigsaw of course is that the only senior signing Newcastle did make in the summer was Loic Remy…on loan.
When you add in the manager’s repeated comments about not much money to spend then it is hard not to come to a conclusion that Newcastle’s transfer ‘policy’ in the summer was about short-termism, looking to bring in players on a temporary basis and renting them out as opposed to buying them.
Unless Newcastle had sold a Cabaye or whoever, it now looks to me as though it was almost impossible that Newcastle were going to buy anybody in the summer. With next to no money claimed to be available, exactly which players could have been recruited who would have been good enough?
Call me Mr Sceptical but it now seems far-fetched that Newcastle were ever going to commit to spending £8m and four years of wages on Bafetimbi Gomis, or indeed even a lesser fee and contract on a Darren Bent.
We know Remy was brought in on loan, we now know Newcastle considered trying to loan Andros Townsend and we know at least one other player (Finnbogason) claims United tried to take him on loan in the summer.
The question is whether this is/was a temporary measure, or whether Mike Ashley has decided to now try and just get by with borrowed players until…who knows?
Alan Pardew repeatedly makes comments about not being able to compete financially, little money to spend and so on, I’m sorry but that doesn’t lead me to think that there is now a great desire to be buying Remy and matching/beating the wages that attracted him to QPR.
The manager in Sunday morning’s interview also talked about getting more British players into the squad as we have too many foreigners. I hate to say it but we all know decent British players carry a premium if you buy them so how can that be accommodated within a transfer policy of little money being available?
The only realistic answer I can see is bringing them in on loan, going down the route that the mackems went down when they signed the likes of Johnny Evans and Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, on loan. The only British players they could attract/afford were the ones who were knackered/useless such as O’Shea and Wes Brown.
Loaning players isn’t necessarily a disaster but if you are doing it as an alternative to building your team/club long-term then you are just storing up troubles for tomorrow.
Claims of ‘five year plans’ at St.James’ Park are now sounding very hollow, if indeed they ever sounded anything other than that.
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