The Newcastle squad are back on Tyneside today, having flown back yesterday afternoon from their mini four-day break in Portugal, which by all accounts was a very successful training camp.
Alan Pardew – good shot of Newcastle manager
With the bad news on Andy Carroll this week – heaven only knows how long the striker will not be out of action – Alan Pardew has today insisted he does not have to move into the transfer market for another striker, to fill in for the big lad from Gateshead.
As we heard earlier this week, Carroll was not even able to do some running during Newcastle’s training camp in Faro, Portugal this week, and he’s seeing a specialist in Sweden today about his troublesome thigh injury.
Pardew, though, is still not ruling Carroll out of the tough game with Arsenal a week tomorrow at home, when Newcastle are likely to launch an aerial attack on the Arsenal central defense.
Pardew told the local Evening Chronicle today that he was still hopeful of bringing somebody on board by the end of the transfer window, but he also said there would be no panic buying.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Andy’s injury does not change my thinking in the transfer window.”
“Maybe it would have if Shola, Besty, Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands had not done so well.”
“However, we are not going to be bringing in a panic buy.”
“This will not change the course of events in the next few days.”
We notice the £5.7M signing from Deportivo, Xisco, isn’t even mentioned there by the manager.
The last thing we want at Newcastle is panic buying, and if there are no suitable players to bring to the club this month, so be it, and the club shouldn’t bring others in – just for the sake of it.
Remember, there have been a lot of bad buys made in January, and some are being made right now, and it’s always much harder for new players to adjust in January, than it is when they are brought in during the summer, and have a full pre-season to get adjusted.
Just look at Kevin Nolan as one example of somebody who initially struggled after being brought in two years ago. When Alan Shearer managed the club in those last 8 games, Kevin didn’t even make the bench in some of those games.
Now he’s Newcastle’s captain, and a huge player for the club.