Alan Pardew has talked about his search for a free agent, but he thinks whoever he signs will unlikely become a starter this season.
Alan Pardew – this photo had to have been taken this week
That’s hardly a surprise, because the players available don’t have any contracts with clubs, and are therefore struggling to find a new club, so are hardly top players.
This is what Alan said today:
“Yeah, we are exploring the free agent market,” “I have looked at our bench in terms of attacking options to change the game or put a different picture on the pitch.”
“I need to explore that thoroughly and there are one or two options we can take and we are on to them. That is all I can report.”
“I think it would be a great opportunity for any player to come to Newcastle and into this team because if I was a striker, I would be quite confident of getting chances with what I have behind me.”
“But I do not envisage there is a player there who will definitely be a first-team player, but someone who can make an impact from the bench or maybe earn the right to start.” “There is that potential.”
It’s really a fantastic opportunity for Lovenkrands, Best and Ranger to show what they can do – and maybe Phil Airey too – when he’s fit.
And Kevin Nolan hit the nail on the head yesterday, when he said they’ve been wanting opportunities all season in the first team – so they’ll now get that – and it’s up to them to show what they can do.
It’s almost put up or shut up – but good and truthful words from Kevin.
We hope all three players can rise to the occasion in Newcastle’s hour of need.