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;
“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.