When asked about this summer’s player recruitment, Alan Pardew has revealed he believes Newcastle need at least five signings to get the team/squad where it needs to be.

The manager identifying the key areas as being ‘strikers’ (plural), a replacement for the departed Yohan Cabaye, plus at least a couple of other sin unspecified positions.

This is what the manager had to say on the summer ahead;

five signings“We are going to have to be a lot more active this summer, than we have been for a while, because we are looking light in certain areas.

“Strikers is one where we are going to have to address for sure, plus we are going to have to find a replacement for Cabaye.

“That’s a big job in itself, let alone a couple of other positions that we might need.”

The way Alan Pardew is speaking is a far cry from Joe Kinnear’s statements in the match programme (statements revealed earlier this week by the club not to have been written by Kinnear but rather a means for the club owner to get his message out), where he talked of Newcastle been in a position now where we only needed to sign one or two players each season to keep things ticking over.

Mike Ashley’s calculator will no doubt be smashed into a thousand pieces when he heard his manager’s shopping list.

Sadly, experience tells us that whatever Alan Pardew says needs to happen in terms of players arriving, rarely becomes reality.