Pardew ‘Cardiff Spent Lot Of Money – Got Some Good Players and Zaha On Loan From United’
Reflecting on the win over the rock bottom visitors, Alan Pardew was as usual keen to talk up the opposition and as a bonus his comment about ‘…Zaha on loan from UNITED‘ will have wound an extra few of you up.
Anybody watching the match on Saturday saw how terrible they were and even though Newcastle have an ever decreasing number of players performing at a decent level, I still found it hard to pick out individuals I’d want to take off the Welsh club’s hands!
“Obviously our fans are very frustrated with recent results and they vented their fury at times.
“It is difficult to play under those circumstances but we stood up to the pressure.
“They spent a lot of money Cardiff, they’ve got some good players and Zaha on loan from United is a threat, but we did the job.
“Hopefully we can show our fans in the summer, as much as in the last game, that we are going to be stronger next year.
“Pleased we got a win for our long suffering fans and I apologise for the recent run and hopefully in a small way, we made some small move towards them.
“It was an important day all round for the club. It was the club that was important today and all the staff at the stadium was hoping to get their bonus.
“Hopefully we have delivered that.”
One thing that is fact, is that Cardiff did spend a significant sum of money over the last year to try and survive in the Premier League, the seventh highest at £37m – only £35m (Remy £2m loan fee) more than Newcastle!
Yes, spending money is no guarantee of success but equally, not investing in your squad is a guarantee of medium to long-term struggle and failure.
Here are the total amounts spent on transfer activity over the last 12 months by all Premier League clubs, figures (rounded up or down to nearest million) taken from the excellent and respected website transfermarkt.co.uk, a massive £804m was spent collectively…
£102m Manchester City
£69m Manchester Utd
£26m Crystal Palace
£21m West Ham
£14m West Brom
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