The Newcastle scouting staff has done well over the last couple of seasons, and we’re hoping they can again spot one or two very good players to bring to Tyneside in the summer at a decent price.
Pardew wouldn’t mind another Cheick Tiote this summer
And it seems the club are concentrating on Europe and not spending too much time in South America as Alan says there are some passport problems with trying to bring those players in.
This is what Alan said about Newcastle’s scouting system today:
“I would say we will have 10 to 12 scouts at games. It is a decent number,” “We’re making a lot of effort but we’re naive if we think we’re going to unearth four or five Cheick Tiotes in the summer.”
“That deal was brilliant for this football club and his first year in the Premier League, if you’d have paid £15million for him you’d have been fairly pleased with him.”
“To pay what we did, you would be ecstatic. To find four of those is impossible. Could we find one more of those? Possibly. Could we find two? Maybe.”
“But we’re not going to be able to fill all of the bases with players like Cheick. They don’t come along often.”
Cheick Tiote has been a huge success on Tyneside since he arrived last August from Dutch club FC Twente for just £3.5M and must be something in the transfer market these days.
Tiote is already part of Geordie folklore with his fantastic equalizing goal against Arsenal a few weeks back, his very first goal for the club and what a goal it was.
In that game, Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to get to 4-4, and scored all their goals in last 23 minutes of that amazing game.
Pardew talked today about Tiote, who is one of the darlings of the Tyneside fans:
“I’m very, very pleased with him, and Graham Carr must take a lot of the credit because he pushed very hard for him.”
“Cheick Tiote is part of our team now – we’ve got some other names that we hope can be like Cheick. But it’s only hope really.”
And Alan has said why Newcastle are not bothering too much with scouting in South America, at least for this summer:
“There is a problem with passports,” “It is all well and good looking at the Brazilian market and Argentinian market where there is talent.”
“Perhaps more than any other countries – but they just can’t get passports that make them eligible.”
It would be terrific if Newcastle can indeed bring in one or two relatively unknown players, who turn out to be as good as Cheick has turned out, but we also know that’s never easy.
We do expect Newcastle to mix it up this summer in the transfer market, and bring in some youngsters who would be for the future, and we don’t expect just highly priced players coming in over the summer either.
We’d be more than happy with a few bargain buys this summer, in addition to some high priced captures, and there’s nothing wrong with getting a few bargain buys.
And remember the most important thing this summer is getting four or five very good players added to the squad, rather than how much they cost in total.
We’ve been down the road of paying out huge fees for players, who turn out to be mediocre at best, and often are not even good enough to wear the Newcastle shirt, let’s keep remembering that
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