It will be important for Newcastle United’s future, and also that of Alan Pardew as manager, that the Tyneside club buy sensibly in the summer, and hopefully significantly strengthen the squad.
Stephen Ireland – can he be a success at Newcastle? – we hope so!
Alan took in the French Ligue 1 game last weekend, when Toulouse lost 2-1 at home to Stade Rennes, so we wonder who he was watching in that game?
And of course we fully expect the Newcastle scouts to be out in force through the end of the season, as Alan makes up his list of transfer targets to present to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias in early summer.
It would be good if Newcastle can get more quality players like Ben Arfa into the club, and the Evening Chronicle is reporting that Alan Pardew was impressed with Ben Arfa’s attitude, which is only one reason the Londoner was so keen to sign him on permanent terms last month.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“You do have to be a certain type of player to join Newcastle United.” “It’s difficult to put that into players.”
“You have to understand the passion, and the level of concentration you need to play in the first team at this club.”
“We have good players here who can do that.”
We are very interested to see if Stephen Ireland can make a success of his time on Tyneside, because if he can get to his best he would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle.
The Aston Villa central midfielder is getting closer to returning from his knee injury, and he will hopefully be back in training next week with the first team squad.
But he will not be fit enough to play for the first team, until probably the game at Stoke City on 19th March, and there are 8 league games left after that game at the Britannia Stadium.
“Stephen Ireland has settled in well because there’s a good group round him,”
“It makes life easier – and Shefki Kuqi has been the same because he has that group around him.
If Stephen can return to his best form this season, then the fee of somewhere around £8M for him, would be an absolute bargain for the Newcastle club.
We’ve always thought Stephen was a very talented player.