Alan Pardew has been reminiscing about what might have been if Newcastle had been willing to invest in their squad last summer.
The Newcastle boss has admitted that Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone is a player he really rates and who would have fitted into Newcastle’s style of play.
Pardew admitting he would have liked to have brought the England midfielder to Newcastle, of course with no money made available for transfers it is no wonder he didn’t end up at St.James’ Park.
“Huddlestone was a player that I really liked and somebody I’d have liked to have brought here – he’s proved at Hull what a good player he is.
“He did not come close to joining Newcastle, it was more a case of discussions about a player who would fit well with the way I play.”
Anybody who witnessed our 3-2 loss to Hull earlier in the season, will be aware that Huddlestone was easily man of the match as he ran the midfield.
The Newcastle manager then turned his attention to the January transfer window just passed and is clearly envious of Steve Bruce getting the backing of his club owner in the transfer market, as opposed to Pardew who lost his best player and was given not even a replacement. Having yet again to rely on the loan market;
“You’ve got to take your hat off to the Hull Chairman, the way he’s backed Steve with the two strikers (Jelavic and Long) as well. Neither are twenty four year olds, they’re senior strikers – we looked at Long and I liked him.”