Alan Pardew wants to add more quality to the Newcastle side, and he sees pace and directness as some of the missing ingredients in the side, especially on the wings.
Alan Pardew – transfers will be vital to his success on Tyneside
Both Gutierrez and Routledge have not exactly been setting things on fire in the last few games, and it’s very likely that Alan will want to bring in some fast wingers next month.
It’s hard to know how much money will be available in January from owner Mike Ashley, but with Newcastle sliding down the league these last couple of months, maybe he will cough up as much as £10M.
Better invest £10M now, then have to tear the club apart again, if the club gets relegated again in May.
Pardew told the Daily Star this morning:
“We lacked a little bit of quality in the final third against Tottenham,”
“We have a team on its day that can compete with the top teams, but we need that quality and competitiveness.”
“We are looking at the market and hopefully can bring something in. You want a bit of quality, pace and directness and that is something we would like to add at some stage.”
Well we have it now on good authority that Mike Ashley has actually said that he doesn’t want to sell Andy Carroll, so that’s good, and this is what Alan said about the 21 year-old top local striker:
“I have spoken to Mike and made it very clear that Andy has to stay. And he has said he is not for sale.”
It looks like Alan will be very successful in keeping the good players like Andy Carroll who are already at the club, and even signing French International Ben Arfa permanently next month.
But what will be crucial now are the new signings Alan Pardew makes, to bring in some new players to the Newcastle squad next month.
One thing that is becoming very clear is that Mike Ashley has a petulance for replacing managers, seemingly on a whim, and Pardew is the 6th manager to serve under Mike Ashley in a very short 42 months.
How’s that for stability, which is what he said Newcastle United needed most, when he bought the club in the summer of 2007.
With the average span of managers under Mike, Alan Pardew will be due to be replaced in late summer next year.
Mike seems like A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma – at least to Newcastle fans – as Winston Churchill once famously described Russia in 1939.