Alan Pardew came in only about 3 weeks before the January transfer window opened, and he had to quickly make judgements on a number of Newcastle players.
Wayne Routledge – probably played his last game for Newcastle
Alan seemed quick to see who the important and best players at the club were, and he quickly waxed lyrical about players like Nolan, Barton, Enrique, Tiote and Carroll to name but a few, and he’s right there.
He’s also seen fringe players like Leon Best and Danny Guthrie come in and grab their chance, and do a good job for the club.
And while Alan seemed to give Wayne Routledge a number of run outs as a sub, it seems he was quite happy to let Wayne move on, when his former club QPR came a calling.
And while Wayne did very well in the Championship for Newcastle when he came to Tyneside last January, he has again struggled in the Premier League this season, for the umpteenth time.
There is a huge difference in class between the Championship and the Premier League, and Wayne even scored the winning goal for QPR last weekend.
But he has scored only one Premier League goal ever in his career, and really has never fulfilled the great potential he showed when he was a youngster.
Alan Pardew was speaking to BBC North East’s sports program, Total Sport:
“Well I think there are opportunities for players that come along and you have to weigh it up.” “I mean, was Wayne gonna be a long term first team player for us? and I don’t think he was.”
“QPR offered him that position, and I felt that is best for him and best for the club that we took that opportunity.” “You know, when you bring players in I think it’s important that they affect your first team.”
“There are occasions, and there will be, when I bring in a player to fill up the squad, so to speak.” “But you know, I just felt that the Wayne one was a deal that was right for him, more importantly, and right for us.”
“Because you have to sort of move on players to grow, and, you know, we have to get better than Wayne and that’s what we’re gonna aim to do.”
It’s a good move for Wayne, and he was pleased to go back to the London club, and he got a good reception when he arrived back there too, which was good to see.
We really hope he can help them get promoted – and it would be good to have QPR in the Premier League. If QPR are promoted in May, it’s almost a cast iron certainty that Wayne will be transferred to QPR, and the fee will have already been agreed between the two clubs.
As for Newcastle, Alan Pardew seems to be setting high standards for his players, but he seems a fair man, and even today he said he was willing to give Spaniard Xisco a chance again at the club, if nothing happened before next Monday to send the 24 year-old out on loan.
That’s a chance a number of Newcastle fans would say Xisco has never been given on Tyneside.