Alan Pardew Patronises Newcastle Fans Yet Again
Alan Pardew has taken yet another opportunity to lecture Newcastle United fans about the difficulties of the transfer market in the modern era.
In his Independent on Sunday column, the Newcastle manager has carefully explained why the likes of United can’t compete for the likes of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, but he totally misses the point, on purpose of course.
“The fees being paid for players such as Luke Shaw and, it seems, Adam Lallana, illustrates an important point that supporters need to understand.
“Clubs like Newcastle get accused of not signing English players but these are prices mid-table teams in the Premier League simply can’t afford, unlike Champions League clubs with the extra revenue.
“We (Newcastle) recently enquired about an unproven player not in the side at one of our top clubs, and we were asked £14m. He will not be joining. Yet we can pick up players such as Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko for reasonable fees, all of who have been starring for France at the World Cup.”
Alan Pardew, as always, puts a total spin on the situation on behalf of Mike Ashley. Sissoko and Cabaye were bargain prices largely due to their contract situations, while the story with Debuchy appeared to be that Lille rewarded him for his long service and staying a bit longer, by allowing him to join Cabaye at Newcastle for a reasonable fee.
Surely though every Premier League manager can point to some signings who have proved great value for money, wherever they have signed from, a bit like Everton signing players such as Lescott, Baines, Jagielka and others, all three of those going on to play for England.
What about the other players who have come in on Pardew’s watch; such as Marveaux, Obertan, Mapou, Ben Arfa, Cisse and even Santon, none of who are looking great value for money now, though certainly the last three or four seem to have suffered under Pardew and his coaching team.
None of this of course excuses the dereliction of duty that Ashley and Pardew are responsible for over the previous 18 months, when nobody was bought in at all, leaving the squad in the threadbare state it’s in now.
If they are really expecting to bring in another three or four Cabayes or Debuchys for similar prices, especially strikers, then we are truly knackered.
Surely the answer is that you always look for value for money but any Premier League club must at some stage push the boat out and pay the asking price for players they desperately need, such as creative midfielders and strikers.
When Pardew talks of £14m being some kind of mad figure, he should obviously be seeing it in the context of selling players such as Carroll and Cabaye for £35m and £20m respectively, as well as the eyewatering levels of revenue that are flooding in from broadcasting. If a player is available for that figure and would be a great signing for Newcastle (a bit like Shearer who cost £15m eighteen years ago) then why shouldn’t our club be competing?
This is old ground of course but with Alan Pardew trotting out the same old spin on the transfer market it hardly gives any encouragement for the next two months of transfer market torture.
Shame they can’t extend this World Cup and take our minds off it.
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