Neil Warnock diverts attention and says Newcastle will expect to beat Cardiff when they have strikers worth £20m
Neil Warnock has met the media on Friday morning,
The Cardiff manager talking to reporters ahead of the game at St James Park.
He has confirmed that Oumar Niasse has signed on loan from Everton and that Emiliano Sala will go through his medical today – but the club’s new record signing won’t be ready in time t be involved against Newcastle.
In typical tactics to try and divert attention/pressure away from his own club, Neil Warnock claims ‘They will expect to beat us with the strikers they have got. Look at Rondon who is £20m.’
Ironic that at a time Cardiff are bringing in two new strikers at the same time as Rafa is getting no backing whatsoever from Mike Ashley, Warnock claims Newcastle are actually the fortunate ones. Their forward options consisting of a former Stoke reserve, £1.8m signing Ayoze Perez, plus ‘£20m’ loan striker Salomon Rondon, who though he has done pretty well so far, is still a striker who has never scored 10 PL goals in a season and set to turn 30 this year would most definitely not cost £20m if/when somebody buys him.
Neil Warnock refused to comment on Rafa Benitez and the politics at Newcastle United but was more than happy to declare: ‘I always enjoy the stadium and the Newcastle fans are absolutely bonkers. They’ve stuck with them no matter what, the north east is pretty special with the fans.’
Neil Warnock asked about Rafa Benitez and situation he faces at Newcastle:
“I don’t really talk about other managers.
“I shouldn’t talk about politics and things like that.”
A relegation six pointer?:
“No, only three I think.
“They will expect to beat us with the strikers they have got.
“Look at Rondon who is £20m.
“It’s a big game, I always enjoy the stadium and the Newcastle fans are absolutely bonkers.
“They’ve stuck with them no matter what, the north east is pretty special with the fans.”
“We always knew that if we did something like Sala, we’d have to do some loans.
“It’s such a difficult market.
“If they let me have the two strikers, I’d forego a midfield player…but we still need a defensive player as well.
“We’re optimistic about Sala.
“The figures quoted weren’t right, I think it’s around £15m which is a lot, but that’s what strikers cost even in the Championship now.
“We’re not in the other bracket where we can spend anything we like.
“I like him, he’s a hard worker, he’s not going to knock the walls down straight away, but we need strikers.
“So if I could get them both I would. That’s going to be the difference between now and the end of the season, whether we can score goals.
“I hope so (deal completed soon, due to have his medical today) but then I’m not 100 per cent sure.
“Not (ready) for Newcastle no, you’ve got to do a proper medical for something like that.
“I’m relieved (that Niasse has signed on loan from Everton).
“I thought it was done yesterday so to find out this morning has been a little bit unrestful but it’s nice to know he’s available for selection (against Newcastle).
“You’ve got to understand it’s not the be all and end all for Everton that we have Niasse. I don’t mind as long as I know.
“Jagielka said he’d be my type of player. There’s not many players on loan who are like Niasse. I wanted Clyne but that meant I wouldn’t have been able to get Niasse.
“We don’t look at your Ronaldos. Sala is hard working who works his socks off for the team, doesn’t catch the eye at times but a manager’s type of player.
“As I have said a few times, I’m appalled that legislation means we can only have two loan players (from other Premier League clubs).
“Ideally, I would have loved another English midfield player to give them an opportunity. I think it’s such a waste where Gareth Southgate says English lads aren’t getting enough games.
“I think it’s scandalous and I think they should look into that. It’s detrimental to England. The people we’re looking at are types of players who will fit in with our squad.”
“We all know we’ve come very quickly in this situation (getting promotion), so everyone knows we couldn’t really have done better.
“Overall, I can’t ask anymore from my team, we’re a genuine bunch and we are absolutely swinging above our weight.
“The fans have played their part in that, they were amazed we got automatic promotion and amazed where we are in the table.
“We have got 16 tough games now where we’ve got to conjure up points. Some of the squads around us, you’d expect them to be in the top half.”
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