The Newcastle club have been doing some good work in signing up both their experienced players, and their top youngsters to long-term contracts at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – happy to be keeping his best players at Newcastle
And that seems to have even been accelerated since Alan Pardew has joined the club, and Alan has stated very clearly he wants all the top players signed up to long term deals – as a first priority – to keep them all on Tyneside.
That’s excellent strategic thinking by Alan, simple but so sensible nonetheless, and Alan seems to have the backing of owner Mike Ashley.
Here are the senior players who have signed up over the last couple of months to stay long-term on Tyneside
Andy Carroll – June, 2016
Mike Williamson – June, 2016
Hatem Ben Arfa – June, 2015
Steven Taylor – June, 2016
And the following youngsters have signed up too:
Nile Ranger – June 2016
Haris Vuckic – June 2016
And we should hear fairly soon, maybe even before the weekend, that top player Joey Barton has signed up to stay on Tyneside, and we hope that’s through the summer of 2016.
The next in line should be top Spanish left-back Jose Enrique, who is again interesting some top clubs in Europe, by his sheer excellence over the last 18 months or so.
We also expect both Andy Carroll and Cheick Tiote to get improved deals soon, and since Danny Simpson was given only peanuts when he signed a year ago, when Newcastle were still a Championship club, maybe the Salford-born player will be offered a better deal too.
And it seems the club have received some serious offers in January for their top players, and Mike Ashley has been true to his word, and not sold any of them, and indeed Alan wants even more of them signed up to long-term deals.
This is what Alan said today about how pleased he was to keep Newcastle’s top players:
“The most important thing is that you don’t lose your best players, and I think that’s got lost a little bit,”
“It doesn’t sell papers, keeping players, but for us and for me in particular it’s important”
“Joey Barton, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Cheick Tiote, all those very, very important players.”
“We have managed to push everyone away – and there have been inquiries, as you would imagine.”
There’s nothing like good common sense in running a football club, and it seems that Alan Pardew has plenty of that, and he seems to present himself very well to the press.
Once he gets his top players all signed up to his satisfaction, the summer transfer window then promises to be extremely interesting for Newcastle fans.
Newcastle may still do some business in January, but that looks like the very best the club can do is two players coming in – if Newcastle can get some decent deals done by next Monday at 11:00 pm.
And if they cannot, then things may have to wait until the summer – because it’s not worth doing deals in January if they are not right, and the appropriate players are just not available, for whatever reason.
Newcastle need to press on in the league this season and finish as high as possible, because that will help to attract some top players to the club in the summer.