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Newcastle United Transfer Strategy

8 years ago

With January fast approaching, Alan Pardew has revealed the Newcastle United transfer strategy for the coming window.

The Newcastle manager, taking what he says literally, appears to be saying that we won’t be buying anybody unless there is a bargain to be had. Which sounds very similar to what the patter was after the summer window closed – though previous to that Alan Pardew had said we needed at least one or two in.

This is what the Newcastle boss has said this week;

“We can be strategic and that’s what we are going to be, if we think there is an opportunity arises and there can be in January at times, then we’ll grasp it.

“If not then we won’t, we’ve got a good team and we’ve got good back up, we’re stronger than two years ago when we finished fifth – in terms of depth.

“Whether the first eleven can achieve the same results over the season we’ll have to wait and see, but the signs are good, and as I say, the players are playing terrifically well.”

I’d probably agree we’ve got a slightly stronger squad but what about the first eleven, as Alan Pardew says; can the current first eleven match that first eleven of two seasons ago?

The second half of that 2011/12 season saw Newcastle mainly rely on an eleven of;

Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

Taking our current first eleven then it would appear that in place of Simpson, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba we have; Debuchy, Gouffran, Sissoko, Remy and Shola.

I don’t think the current five named are a stronger group than those who regularly appeared in the second part of 2011/12 but are the current lot capable of matching them?

Ask me at the end of the season.

What do you think?

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