With a strong nucleus in place, the transfer window needs to see Newcastle resisting offers for any of their star men. Aside from Coloccini, who seems likely to depart for personal reasons, Pardew needs to retain the services of individuals like Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Cisse, who provide a strong spine with which to work with. Lessons need to be learnt from the sale of Demba Ba.
Alan Pardew; “”So we are missing four or five really big players, which we have done all year if I’m honest, with the injuries we have had one way or another. But I still think we have a good side to put on the pitch tomorrow.”