Alan Pardew ‘Do We Want To Bring A Player Like That To Newcastle United?’
Alan Pardew has been talking about the problems of buying a striker in today’s transfer market, listing Shane Long and others as not good enough for Newcastle United.
The Newcastle United manager chose to volunteer his thoughts on home grown strikers who have made moves recently, or are in the process of signing for rival Premier League clubs.
The question is though, where do you get these proven great strikers on the cheap, who are so much better than the ones Pardew has named (and all three of whom Newcastle have been linked with in the past)?
“The limitations in the forward market are very easy to see.
“Jordan Rhodes has gone (for £12m to Hull) and the price of the lad from West Brom (£12m Shane Long to Southampton via Hull) and the boy who went to Fulham (£11m Ross McCormack).
“Do we want to bring a player like that to this football club? I don’t think so.”
“So we have to be conscious of trying to get a player that is right for us and who is good enough for us.
“With all due respect to those guys I don’t think they are good enough for us.
“Whether the board can deliver that I do not know, but they’ve delivered enough for me this term to warrant having a good season, and I think we can”
Earlier this year (February 2014), Alan Pardew had this to say after Mike Ashley had failed to back him after selling Newcastle’s best player, Yohan Cabaye;
“You’ve got to take your hat off to the Hull Chairman, the way he’s backed Steve with the two strikers (Jelavic and Long) as well. Neither are twenty four year olds, they’re senior strikers – we looked at Long and I liked him.”
So I suppose we have to assume that Pardew’s opinion on Shane Long has changed in the last few months…
With strikers, it is easy to sum up their contributions at the end of the season and whilst they should add other bits to the game, you only have to look at their goals totals to see who have been successes…or not.
So will Riviere (and/or some other bargain proven striker as yet to be signed by NUFC) outscore and out perfrom these home grown products come May?
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