Alan Pardew Claims Massive Success Turning Youth Into ‘Fantastic Players’
Alan Pardew has hinted that Newcastle could be looking for experienced players rather than the younger players the club have tended to bring in.
Pardew claiming that on the whole United have been ‘massively successful’ when signing young players and ‘producing some fantastic players for this club’. Though he admits that at the minute this is not been quite as successful as previously.
When Alan Pardew talks about ‘producing fantastic players’, I take it he wants us to believe that raw young talent has been brought in and then helped develop into ‘fantastic players’ by the manager and his coaching staff.
“Our policy here has always been the same since I have been at the club, we’ve bought players who we think have good market value and that means mainly the younger players.
“I have had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had.
“We have produced some fantastic players for this club and we need to start producing a few more.
“I didn’t think we were strong enough in the last part of the season and that has been held against me that I have been making excuses, I just felt though that we needed more and we didn’t have it after the loss of Cabaye.”
So what is the truth?
Well I would say that the big success stories in terms of signings during Alan Pardew’s management have been Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Mathieu Debuchy, with maybe Papiss Cisse added to that short list.
Their respective ages when they signed were25, 26, 27 and 26, with all of them full internationals before they arrived. I think it is fair to say that they were neither young players when they arrived and fully developed before they took the field for Newcastle.
When you look at the young players Pardew has signed, where are the success stories?
The list of young players signed under this manager includes Santon, Mapou, Haidara, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Obertan, Sissoko, Abeid and Anita.
Can anybody seriously claim that any of these players have improved under Alan Pardew?
When you consider that Santon, Mapou and Anita were already full internationals for major forces Italy, France and Holland, it makes the situation look even worse.
I think the real truth is that the success season of 2011/12 was built on experienced players who knew what they were doing and just went out on the pitch and organised themselves – Coloccini, Jonas, Tiote, Cabaye, Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa, all full internationals.
So all we need to do in January is to find quality experienced full internationals who other clubs are prepared to sell on the cheap halfway through the season…
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