Alan Pardew Puts Up World Cup Transfer Smokescreen
After 18 months without any signings, I can only guess that Alan Pardew and the rest of them at the club, honestly thought that signing Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback would have lifted Newcastle fans from their resigned state of depression.
Following the two signings there was a (what passes these days for one anyway) concerted marketing campaign to encourage fans to renew their season tickets, even extending the deadline by two weeks. Even though fans whose renewals were up at the end of the season had had since March to sign up again.
There is nothing wrong with either signing in isolation, Perez comes from the Spanish second division and if he is ever to make it in the Premier League then you’d assume it will take considerable time for him to develop first. While in Colback’s case, Newcastle have picked up a workmanlike midfield squad player, one who wasn’t any kind of a star at almost relegated Sunderland.
If Newcastle are going to bring in the six or seven players that are needed as a bare minimum, then you would hope they would be numbers six and seven in any kind of ‘intended for the first team next season’ list.
However, Alan Pardew has been quick to talk up those signings and deflate any hopes of bringing in other players any time soon.
Speaking to the Shields Gazette, the Newcastle manager had this to say;
“We got two in quickly which was good, we now need to get a couple of strikers in.
“It was a good start but we have got to cover some areas, particularly scoring goals.
“A lot of agents and clubs are waiting to see how players fare in the World Cup – that will have an influence on the price.
“The World Cup is critical to a number of clubs, including us.”
I’m sorry but I just don’t buy this.
Most of us, including myself, have accepted that Newcastle are no longer going to be chasing the players that many fans still think the club should be capable of attracting, if showing ambition.
Once you accept that then why would you think Newcastle have to wait and see how the situation develops at the World Cup?
When Newcastle are linked with non-world cup players such as Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Bafetimbi Gomis, Andre Ayew, Curtis Davies, David Marshall, Steve Caulker and numerous others, I do believe the possibility is very slightly higher. That is the level Mike Ashley is willing to shop at.
Recent reports that Remy Cabella was supposedly desperate to seal a dream move to Newcastle, against the Montpellier’s owner’s wishes, are surely laughable.
If he is really good enough for the Premier League then why would Newcastle be a dream move these days? Do you really believe that if say Spurs, or even Everton, came in for him that Cabella wouldn’t fancy an ambitious club and European football over and above the circus at St.James’ Park?
He maybe could end up at Newcastle but it wouldn’t be a dream move, more a case of lack of interest from elsewhere, and the player seeing how both Ba and Cabaye had used Newcastle as a stepping stone to then attract clubs who compete in the Champions League and for domestic trophies.
This is why talk of waiting to see how players do at the World Cup just leaves me thinking that this is just another smoke and mirrors game being played by Alan Pardew and the rest of them at Newcastle United.
You have to think that if we didn’t have the signings that we desperately need, sorted before this World Cup started, then Newcastle are indeed truly knackered in the transfer market.
Getting Perez and Colback sorted early on is fine but if we were really going to sign the likes of Cabella and/or Grenier, then it would have been sealed early on.
It is a comical, but serious, thought that as the final whistle blows on Sunday 13 June in Brazil, Newcastle United’s transfer ‘machine’ will suddenly be switched to full power and be attracting these players who have shined in South America.
Less than four weeks until the first pre-season friendly and counting.
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