Since Jose Enrique arrived at Newcastle in August of 2007, there hasn’t been any experienced cover for the Spanish U21 International in the left-back position.
Jose Enrique – cover coming in for him next month?
Well that may change next month if Alan Pardew get his way, because it seems like Alan wants to bring in a left back and a striker.
That’s at least according to the Newcastle Journal this morning, although we thought that 19 year-old Shane Ferguson looked good at left back when he’s played there, but it appears Alan wants experienced cover there.
Alan will need to balance having experience in the team with also balancing bringing youngsters through on Tyneside – not an easy job by any means.
And it’s even possible the two players will be simply squad players, so that would suggest they will not be youngsters arriving at the club next month.
The players coming in could also be loan deals, but of course it’s always hard to find a good bargain in January, but the new manager Pardew will be looking to strengthen a squad he has quickly reviewed over the last couple of weeks – and be ready to move as soon as soon as the window opens on New Year’s day.
This is what Alan said today:
“There could be a couple of players coming in,” “But this isn’t really a month where we want anything to happen.”“Maybe we could do with one or two players arriving, but that’s more about boosting us a bit in terms of the squad rather than the first team.”
“I think we look a little bit bare in certain areas. That would worry me if we got injuries.” “As much as the group underneath the first team are good players, some of them have not had a lot of Premier League experience.”
“When things are going well, that’s not such an issue, they can come in and you don’t see the cracks.” “But if you’re having a tricky run and you need a boost from the bench, the players you’re bringing in need to be more experienced.”
“That’s a worry for me going forward.”
Alan knows he has to bring the youngsters through on Tyneside, but of course he will not be judged too much on that – but on how the first team does, and he’s well aware of that and knows he has to get the results through the end of the season.
It will be an interesting transfer month coming up, because you just never know who may become available, and you have to think some Man City players will be made available on loan.
After all, the Eastlands club have some top experienced players, who don’t even make the 18 man squad on match days.