Alan Pardew has now managed to review on video about 75% of the games Newcastle have played this season, and he is starting to pin-point which ares of the Newcastle side need strengthening.
Alan Pardew – has idea which areas need strengthening at Newcastle
It seems that Alan has been delighted with the play and the professionalism of the senior players at the club since he arrived, and is probably surprised at the amount of talent he has at his disposal, but there have been areas of concern for Newcastle this season, mainly in defense.
And if new players are needed, he seems to be willing to sit down and talk to owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias about the financial side of the equation.
Pardew said today:
“I think I am pretty clear in my mind of a couple of areas that need strengthening.” “As a general rule, you get a feeling about who is going to fit the right criteria to play for this big club.””It’s a big club.”
“You bring professionals here and you are in danger of the club being bigger than the individual, and you have to make sure that the character of the players, first and foremost, can carry the shirt.”
“It’s a heavy shirt, the Newcastle shirt. I am looking at the group and you can take it as read that the Bartons and Nolans, it fits comfortably, and Andy Carroll, his shirt fits and has got a big number nine on it, which carries its own weight.”
“That’s something that when I sit down with Derek and the chief scout and all my staff to talk about the January window and the window going forward, that will be top of the list.”
Alan is exactly right about that point about it being a heavy shirt to wear, which is why some of our big name signings have never really made the grade at the Newcastle club, where expectations are always so high.
A couple or three wins in a row and we talk about Europe – a couple or three defeats in a row and we talk about relegation. 😀
But Pardew doesn’t feel that the money will be a problem if he can identify the right players, and we have to think that was one discussion area that Alan talked at length about, before he agreed to become the Newcastle manager.
“I just feel that won’t be an issue, other than a financial issue.” “Of course, there is always somebody who is out of reach or not quite right and the deal doesn’t make any sense, their age of whatever.
“You have to work through that with the owners, and I have no problem with that.”
With the Qatar news today, a Newcastle source again insisted the club is not for sale – but a £300M offer might make it for sale immediately – so saying that means nothing.
“I have watched three-quarters of the games now, there are maybe only a couple to go, and analyzed some things we can improve on, and that’s something I will present to the players in the next seven days.
“There are definitely areas for improvement, in my opinion, with all teams.” “With this team and where they are, they have done terrifically so far. We just want to add a few things and see if we can try to improve on that.”
Alan will have a few more games to assess the Newcastle squad, but we feel it’s almost certain he will bring at least one new player in January.
What do you think?