Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager who is under considerable pressure at the club, because of collecting just a single point form the last 12 available, admits the problems in defense are because he doesnâ€™t have enough players with Premiership experience.
The 6 players Big Sam brought in during the summer who can play in the back four are Beye, Cacapa, Rozehnal, Enrique, Faye and Geremi. Of those, only Geremi and Faye are experienced Premier league players.
Sam Allardyce – team has to get some result at Ewood Park on Saturday
Sam addressed this when he talked to the Newcastle Journal yesterday:
â€œFinding players is the hardest thing to do, we got what we could find during the summer,â€ â€œIn the modern market, youâ€™re restricted with the players who are available.
â€œYou can only get Premier League players if their clubs are prepared to sell them. If they sell them, you buy them. If they donâ€™t, you canâ€™t. If the ones you wanted have gone before you can act, thereâ€™s not much you can do.â€
â€œI was after (Mikael) Silvestre, (Sylvain) Distin and Tal Ben Haim (during the summer). Those players were the first targets. But once those first targets have gone, you have to look elsewhere.â€
â€œWhen that happens, you have to look at whatâ€™s available in the foreign markets. Weâ€™ve signed good players, but theyâ€™re finding it difficult to perform on a regular basis.â€
We believe what Sam says â€“ but itâ€™s all water under the bridge now. He has often said he would have gone after Sylvain Distin and did, but he was too late and Harry Redknapp beat him to it. And we all know he was after Tal Ben Haim, and apparently still is, since there are rumors that Ben Haim may be available in January. We certainly hope so.
Sam would obviously like to bring some new players in during the January transfer window. But there are two types of players Newcastle are after. Some youngsters, up to say 20 years old who will form the basis of Newcastleâ€™s future. And then there are players who would immediately be challenging for a first team spot. In some cases the youngsters may fit into both categories.
If results do not improve before the end of the year we think Sam will not be allowed to buy the more expensive first team players â€“ but because of our new youth strategy we still think some youngsters like 18 year-old striker Wesley Ngo Baheng, from the French second division club Le Havre, will be brought to the club. We think this deal has already been done.
If the wheels stay off the club and we donâ€™t improve before January it may well be that the new owner wants a new manager and wants to bring him in during January, so he can bring new players in. But we think this case has very low odds of happening. We really hope Sam and the team can pull themselves out of the hole they are in.
Rozehnal, Enrique and Claudio CaÃ§apa have all found the Premiership very challenging in terms of speed and the physical nature of the play, but an improvement has to come from the defense, starting on Saturday.
Samâ€™s first job is to get the players behind him, because they havenâ€™t helped Sam much lately â€“ they are all in this together. Sam talked about this to the Journal this morning:
â€œThe players have to realize weâ€™re all in it together, whether I bought them or not,â€ â€œThis is a difficult time for us all, but we can come through this.â€
We hope we can do it â€“ and thereâ€™s nothing like a win to lift our spirits. A defeat would be terrible and would not help the manager one little bit. Letâ€™s hope we can get an unlikely win at Blackburn, and then weâ€™ll be over the moon. Well, at least until the next game against Arsenal the following Wednesday. 😀
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