While Alan Pardew is hoping to bring in some players in this month’s January transfer window, he seems pleased with the squad he has inherited.
Alan Pardew – meets with Newcastle hierarchy in next two days
And especially the squad’s professionalism, and their collective win to win games.
But Alan will hope to sign a striker and at least one winger, before the window ends at the end of the month, and maybe even left back cover for Jose Enrique, which we’ve never had at the club since the Spaniard arrived 41 months ago.
And with Andy Carroll’s fitness still a question, after he had a scan taken in London on Friday, and we don’t yet know the results of that – Pardew may even try to bring in a couple of strikers.
And that being the case Newcatsle would be only too happy to be able to unload both Leon Best and Spanish striker Xisco, with Leon looking like the easier striker to move on.
Best is an experienced and proven Championship striker, and the former Coventry City player could do a job for a club in the lower division.
But Alan Pardew is also clear that Newcastle will look at every single player who may become available in January:
“We won’t leave any stone unturned for any player who becomes available who we think can take the club forward,”
“We are just looking at the market and making phone calls to see who is and isn’t available. Then we will have to nail it down.”
And Alan seems happy with the professionalism in the squad:
“I have found very strong professionalism,” “Plenty of our players would leave their Granny out in the rain to win a game.”
It’s a long long time since I heard that statement about Granny. 😀
It’s almost as important this season to strengthen the squad in January as it was last season.
Last season was to keep the push going to get promotion, and Newcastle did that with five players coming in, and Williamson, Simpson and Routledge all performed well for the club during the run-in.
And this season it’s to ensure Newcastle stay in the Premier League – so we do expect some transfer activity from Newcastle in the next month.
But today is all about getting 3 points at Wigan, and if we can do that a lot of Newcastle fans will feel just a little more relaxed come 6:00 pm tonight.