From some of the statements Alan Pardew made yesterday, it seems he wants to bring some experience into the Newcastle squad, and that of course that goes against the Mike Ashley policy of bringing in youth at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – strange statements
Of course Ashley had no record in football at all when he bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, but that didn’t stop him bringing in his own cronies to run the club, and they also had no experience of football at all.
But now we suppose Ashley does have a record in football – and it’s a poor one at Newcastle.
With Pardew recently having talked about David Bentley, Robbie Keane and Niko Kranjcar at Tottenham, none of the players are particularly youngsters who haven’t yet reached their potential – but what they do have is experience and class, but none one of them will come cheap.
This is what Alan said today:
“Perhaps one of the reasons why I’m sitting here is because I know that young player market – particularly in England – as well as any other Premier League manager,”
“There’s talent below the Premier League, but there seems to be a general attitude of, ‘Oh, they’re not good enough’. Charlie Adam of Blackpool is a great example of proving that completely wrong.”
“I’ve had massive success in that market with Bobby Zamora, Nigel Reo-Coker, Nicky Shorey, Steve Sidwell, James Harper, Dean Ashton – they’re there.”
“It’s a question of believing they can carry this jersey, because this jersey is probably as heavy as you can get outside of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.”
Alan is due to meet the Newcastle hierarchy today on the transfer plans, so perhaps he’s been trying to get a message out that bringing in untried youngsters at this stage of the season, and given where Newcatsle are in the league, might not be a good short-term action to take.
And bringing in somebody who’s past his best – like maybe Robbie Keane – for big wages is something the club used to do – bringing in a big name who was over the top, and pay him ridiculous wages – and then when they didn’t perform we were all mystified – but they were way past their best of course.
Patrick Kluivert was a perfect example of that back in 2004.
“I don’t know what the impact of a senior player like a Robbie Keane or a David Beckham might have on this group,” “I have to be very careful that it’s the right impact and that’s something else I’ll discuss with my staff and the people in power.
“I always think the January transfer window is difficult. There have been some really bad buys in this window, particularly in the foreign market.”
“Your homework has to be spot on if you’re going to bring in a foreign player at this juncture. There are a few foreign players on our list and we have to make sure we don’t make an error.”
So we’ve found what Alan has said yesterday to be just a little mystifying, although as we said, he may trying to get a message out to Mike Ashley, that Newcatsle need to bring in proven players during this transfer window.
We’ll soon see what happens, and we are assuming he is meeting today with the Newcastle hierarchy on specific transfer targets.