Newcastle United -The First Casualty Of War Is The Truth
Alan Pardew reminds me of corrupt wartime generals, in as much as he believes that he can send dispatches telling everybody what a great success he is overseeing, while the reality is somewhat different.
The Newcastle manager has claimed that even if there are no other (desperately needed quality) new players arriving before 11pm tonight, this transfer window will have been a success because the club have brought in more players than anybody else.
Which of course has helped lead us to this point of potential disaster – chronic under-investment in the squad, selling off of quality players, then wholesale panic buying of ‘bargain’ players from abroad.
Over to Alan Pardew;
“No other Premier League club has brought in more players than us this summer.
“It has therefore been a positive transfer window for Newcastle and we’re keen to unlock the potential in the team as quickly as possible.
“In all my time at Newcastle this is the best spirit I have felt around the team and that has to bode well for our short and long-term future.
“The new signings have helped create a positive vibe at the training ground right now.”
Great news to hear of the ‘positive vibe’ at the training ground, though this just sets the warning bells off and makes me think of the numerous times Pardew has claimed the likes of Shola, Obertan and others are flying in training.
Unlike wartime leaders who have a gullible public back home solely relying on propaganda, fifty thousand of us were there on Saturday and many more than that watching in pubs, clubs and on the internet.
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What we saw certainly doesn’t equate to a successful transfer window, at least not yet it doesn’t.
What it looked like was signings such as Riviere and Perez out of their depth.
Pardew putting De Jong in an impossible position by playing him when he wasn’t fit due to no other options for creativity.
While the overall expectation on Cabella and De Jong is ridiculous as they are expected, despite being new boys from weaker leagues, to deliver all of Newcastle’s creativity and probably the majority of the goals as well.
The on-loan Chucky Ferreyra has disappeared, while Jack Colback didn’t look 100% against Palace and may well have had to play due to a total lack of credible options on the bench.
Daryl Janmaat was the only one who did himself justice and gave a steady display.
Since that fifth place finish in 2012 the team and squad has weakened considerably and only a couple of quality additions, up front and in centre of defence, will help reverse that process, at least in the short-term.
The clock is ticking towards 11pm tonight.
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