One of the things we’ve liked about Alan Pardew since he’s come to Tyneside, is that he’s made a big effort to sign the good players at the club on extended contracts – those that form the core of the successful Newcastle team – we hope – of the future.
Jose Enrique – vital that he stays on Tyneside
Since he’s come to Tyneside, Alan’s bought Ben Arfa, and made the great Frenchman’s move to Newcastle a permanent one, and he’s also persuaded Steven Taylor to sign a contract through the summer of 2016 – a player he obviously admires a lot, and who’s played well since he returned from his long term injury.
And Alan has also got some of the young stars signed up, one of them being 18 year-old Haris Vuckic, who looks to us very much like a great player in the making at Newcastle.
And the big two that are left are Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, whose contracts run out in 18 months, and Joey of course is already a target of some of the Premier League’s top sides.
We’ve said before that we think the Newcastle goal is to sign up both players on extended deals after the transfer window closes, and what Alan says today seems to support that.
This is what Pardew said when he talked about the January transfer window today:
“I had a meeting this week with the owner Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, and the main thing that emerged from that was a desire to keep our core players.”
“It’s nice to be able to bring someone in, but it’s proving difficult because it’s a time when everyone is looking at deals and thinking, ‘Is it really right to go overboard in this window and upset the balance of your squad?’”
“The most important players are the ones that are doing well for us right now. That’s been my focus. We’ve obviously secured Steven Taylor, Joey’s Barton got 18 months to go and we want to look at him and we want to look at Jose Enrique as well.”
“The only thing I’d want to say is that Jay is a player I admire. I wouldn’t want to add any more to that.”
There’s a hint on Bothroyd that seems to support the fact that Newcastle area said to be in talks with Cardiff about signing the striker, and he would be an excellent addition to the squad, and of course another bargain buy for the club, since he becomes a free agent in the summer.
If Alan Pardew can get Newcastle to sign both Joey and Jose to long term deals, then he’s doing all the right things to ensure Newcastle can indeed have a really good team in a season or two.
What’s missing are say three or four top players coming in, and if we can get just one of those in January that would be good, since most transfer business is conducted in the summer months.
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