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What Happened To Alan Pardew’s 22 Signings?

7 years ago
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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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The following 22 have all arrived after Alan Pardew replaced Chris Hughton, I have left out a number of young ones such as Kemen and Mbabu etc and concentrated only on the more senior ones.

This is the list we are left with;

Luuk De Jong (Loan) January 2014

Loic Remy (Loan) Summer 2013

Moussa Sissoko January 2013

Massadio Haidara

Yoan Gouffran

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Mathieu Debuchy

Vurnon Anita Summer 2012

Romain Amalfitano

Curtis Good

Gael Bigirimana

Papiss Cisse January 2012

Rob Elliot Summer 2011

Davide Santon

Medhi Abeid

Sylvain Marveaux

Gabriel Obertan

Yohan Cabaye

Demba Ba

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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