As we know, Alan Pardew usually tows the party line when it comes to the transfer market, though he does go off script occasionally.
The Newcastle manager recently drew attention to the fact that if Newcastle failed to strengthen in the current transfer window then it would be storing problems up for the future.
“I think the group is a good one but you want to improve.
“Therefore, I think there has to be transfer activity at some stage; I wouldn’t want it to go to the summer. If that is the case then for sure we’d have some work to do in the summer because we’d have to look at 2 or 3 players I should think.”
While this is what appeared under Joe Kinnear’s name in the match programme against Manchester City – whoever did write this is open to question but I think we can definitely take it that the following is official ‘club policy’;
“Now we have strength and depth in most areas, as well as players within our ideal age range in most positions, our intention for the first team going forward is to sign one or two players per year to improve the squad.”
At face value there wouldn’t appear to be too much difference between the quotes from Pardew and ‘Kinnear’ but the words of the manager have a slightly better grip on reality.
Both allude to having a strong squad/group, rather than a strong team and very little behind that eleven, which is how I see it.
However, at least Alan Pardew recognises that it would take a lot of pressure off the summer, as well as showing ambition, if Newcastle bought in January.
With Jonas gone/going and Remy not a Newcastle player, that to me is already the one or two/two or three players gap that we need to fill before we even get to extra players that are clearly needed.
I have a horrible feeling that each season we’ll have to rely on next to no injuries to enable our best eleven to play most matches, with young players and bargain signings filling squad shirts as Pardew and the fans pray that don’t need to call on many of the squad players.
Only Colo and Debuchy were missing on Sunday against Man City and yet the only subs we could reasonably rely on were the three who came on (Haidara, Ben Arfa and Cisse) and that is pushing it considering how out of sorts Cisse has been and the lack of faith shown in Ben Arfa by the manager.
Talk of adding only one or two to the current squad is crazy if we are to have any insurance if a few first teamers are injured. We don’t expect Man City/Chelsea size squads but there is an awful lot of scope between what we have got now and what we need.