When we saw the report about Alan Pardew wanting to bring in 28 year-old striker Rickie Lambert form Southampton for about a £1M, we were concerned that may mean the club may sell Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – going nowhere
But at least some good news has come out today from Alan, as he said he will not be selling Andy Carroll.
That’s not only got to be good news for Newcastle fans, but good news for Andy too, because if the club had wanted to cash in on the boy, there’s not much Andy could have done about it.
This is what Alan said today:
“Andy Carroll was at the top of my list of questions because he needs to stay.”
“This club has been crying out for another number nine and he looks like he’s fitting the bill.”
“So I made it very clear that he needs to stay.”
It looks with that statement that Alan thinks he’s in charge of things, we certainly hope so, but we’ll see how things go for the next couple of weeks.
Apparently one of the strengths of Alan Pardew is his ability to spot a good player, and that will be vital through the end of this season, as we hopefully continue to try to strengthen the squad.
And maybe Alan will have a mini clear out of some players that have just not made the grade at Newcastle in January, and if not then – then certainly in the summer.
Xisco would be first on that list, with Leon Best probably second, and if they can be moved out as early as January, that may happen.
Another name that comes up is James Perch, although we were still hoping that James could improve in the Premier League, but he may not get too many chances to do that now, having lost his place to the improving Danny Simpson.
It’s going to be interesting to hear Alan’s take on the squad after he’s spent a couple of days with the players – but our squad must ensure the team spirit at the club remains very strong – and we look to Kevin Nolan, among others, to ensure that.