What Happened To Alan Pardew’s 22 Signings?
One thing that is rarely ever talked about with Alan Pardew, is any kind of serious look at the players that have been signed at Newcastle while he has been manager.
While there is plenty talk about the manager’s strange relationship with Mike Ashley and his coaching ability, or lack of, rarely do you hear about the success rate of players that have been recruited under his management.
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This is the list we are left with;
Luuk De Jong (Loan) January 2014
Loic Remy (Loan) Summer 2013
Moussa Sissoko January 2013
Vurnon Anita Summer 2012
Papiss Cisse January 2012
Rob Elliot Summer 2011
Shefki Kuqi February 2011
Hatem Ben Arfa January 2011
Stephen Ireland (On loan)
By my reckoning we have the following breakdown;
Players Who Have Left
Ireland, Kuqi, Ba, Cabaye, Remy, De Jong
Players The Club Want Rid Of
Ben Arfa, Obertan, Marveaux, Abeid, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Mapou, Haidara
First Team Regulars
Santon, Anita, Debuchy, Gouffran, Sissoko
Which then leaves us with Good who is still a longshot in terms of making it in the Premier League, Cisse who has been ruined under Pardew’s management/coaching and Elliot who isn’t good enough.
With the likes of Santon, Sissoko and Debuchy being linked regularly with moves elsewhere, it potentially leaves us with Anita and Gouffran, both of whom for me are players who should be on the bench at best.
Those who would come to Pardew’s defence would come out with something like ‘well he has no say in who comes in’.
Well if this is true, what on earth is he doing in the job if he allows himself to be undermined in such a humiliating way?
Also, if this is the situation, how can you ever hope to have a successful club if the manager has no say on which players come in?!!
Mike Ashley, Graeme Carr and Alan Pardew are the three constants at the club in the last three and a half years, where does the fault lie?
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