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Alan Pardew ‘I Don’t Think I’m Going To Lose A Big Player…I Hope Not’

7 years ago

With a week remaining of the transfer window, Alan Pardew has sent out a less than reassuring message to Newcastle fans.

The Newcastle manager says he thinks he won’t lose a ‘big player’, or at least he hopes not.

When this is the person in charge of your players and team it doesn’t make you feel great, especially with Pardew also referencing the times this has happened before.

“I don’t think I’m going to lose a big player…I hope not. Fingers crossed that continues, after Andy Carroll.

“The last two or three years we have lost key players and the ones who have gone in just haven’t been able to carry the flag.

“We feel we have done good business this summer though and we have got a good solid team.”

Yes we are all aware that for pretty much every player at every club, they have a price tag on their head that would lead to a sale.

However, most clubs won’t leave themselves wide open to disarray at key times, with a big difference between selling key players at the start of a transfer window compared to when one is closing.

Claims by Alan Pardew in recent days that there are contingency plans if a big player goes, carry zero confidence amongst fans after the sales of players such as Carroll, Cabaye and Ba, none of who were replaced quickly. In fact, Demba Ba still hasn’t been replaced some twenty months later.

Other clubs will say no when they know selling a player will do massive damage, even if that player is keen to leave at that particular time.

Last summer Suarez did everything he could to leave but Liverpool kept hold of him and almost won the title.

Further down the food chain you have clubs such as Burnley who had Premier League clubs trying to prise key players away in January, but with the Lancashire club in the promotion race, they refused to sell and got their reward with promotion.

If they had failed to get into the Premier League then I’m sure they’d have then let their top players leave this summer an reinvested the money.

Sadly, we know that if the money is right, Mike Ashley will sell any player even if it leaves Newcastle short for this season.

Already we are seeing anyway that United can’t afford to lose any decent players as the squad is clearly still threadbare.


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