While Alan Pardew talks of targeting more British players in the future, the truth is that the French market Newcastle have repeatedly plundered could be looking even more attractive in the coming months and years.
Maybe it is no coincidence that what many fans would consider Newcastle’s best two players aren’t actually French and indeed ARE featuring in national squads that figure in the top five ranked countries in the world.
Alan Pardew; “The stereotype of the French player who does not fight enough and lowers his head when he is behind has taken a hit. You never know the character of a player when you buy them but I can tell you this: these guys are competitors”.
Yet, Pardew himself has admitted that the current situation is not ideal and in essence, he would rather be relying on homegrown talent, but anyone who went to Brighton away would know why this is not possible.
David Ginola, “The people of the North East called ‘Geordies’ are a country within their country. They love their region, their city and their club. It is up to each player to give the maximum to enter the circle of players who have marked their history and to have their song”.
Wenger; “Newcastle have made good buys and done very well on the market. You go for quality players, you don’t look very much where they come from..
The most important thing is the quality of players and on that front Newcastle have done very well”.