The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Alan Pardew is looking for significant additions to the Newcastle playing squad in January.
Charlie Adam – at St. James’ Park earlier this season
We have to believe that’s what Alan told the reporters, because there’s nothing in his quotes today that say those words.
One of the things Alan Pardew will be doing right now is looking at who may be available in January, or who he could bring in on loan next month.
Pardew will also be looking at the lower leagues to see who may be good enough for the Premier League, although that is always a difficult call to make.
And Charlie Adam of Blackpool has cropped up again as a potential target, but with his excellent form this season, he will only become a possibility if Blackpool don’t survive this season.
And it’s looking like they will – amazing as that will be – and if Blackpool do stay up then Ian Holloway must be PL Manager of the Season – surely.
This is what Alan told the local Sunday Sun today:
“I think it is a worldwide game and you have to cover every corner of the globe,”“That’s not so easy, so where do you focus on, where are your strengths?”
“My strengths would probably be League One, the Championship and the Premier League. I know those three leagues very, very well.”
“Look at Charlie Adam for example. Most clubs would want to take that boy after what he’s done and the character and example he sets.”
“You can’t tell me he’s out there on his own. You could name three or four Blackpool players in that category, although he’s probably pulled up more trees.”
“I’m not the type to say there are none in that division worth taking.”
There are other players than Adam at Blackpool who seem to have grown in the Premier League, and that’s one reason they have done so well – the Seasiders are on equal points with Newcastle, but have a game in hand. That’s just incredible given the squad they have.
We expect Alan Pardew to bring in a couple of players in January, but we’d like to see him hold onto all the players we currently have – and if he can get Steven Taylor to sign his new contract on Tyneside – that would be a coup for the new manager.
And as we mentioned last night, we are also worried that a big big bid for Andy Carroll may see Mike Ashley sell him – whatever he says.
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