The Newcastle team on Saturday showed that the current squad just doesn’t have enough class and creativity in depth – at least not yet.
David Moyes and Alan Pardew in discussion on Saturday
He just charged me £8 for a beer!
But the lads played their hearts out on Saturday, and it’s hard to argue with the effort each one of them put into the game in trying to get something out of it.
Alan was aware of that and he praised the effort of the side today:
“I’ve always talked about a need to strengthen the squad in the summer,” “Ever since I arrived I always thought the squad needs a bit more depth of quality.”
“But I think it’s a bit harsh for me to talk about that side of things after the squad have given me so much effort on Saturday. They were top-drawer and I can’t argue with what they gave me.
“Everton have been established for a number of years now and we’ve only just been promoted. When you have as long in the Premier League as they’ve had, you’re going to keep building and adding quality.”
“They were meant to be having a European season this season and at times they showed that quality yet we matched them for long periods and almost got something out of the game.”
This is the English Premier League’s 19th season, and Newcastle have been part of the Premier League in all but two of those seasons – the very first season in 1992-1993 and last season, so it’s hard to say Newcastle are not an established side. By our reckoning we’ve finished 2nd twice, 3rd twice, 4th once, 5th once and 6th once.
So that’s 7 times Newcastle have finished in the top 6 of the Premier League – not too bad.
For the record Manchester United have won it 11 times, Chelsea and Arsenal 3 times each, and Blackburn once.
But there again it is true that we had to jettison some of our highly paid players in the summer of 2009, in order to survive financially in the English second division, where our revenues were about 35% of those in the top league the previous season.
And the fact that we hardly missed any of them should tell us something, and that seems to be it’s much more important to have players on Tyneside who want to play here – and are not just here for the money.
That’s one reason that if Jose Enrique wants to move on in the summer- so be it.
You hardly ever saw the fight that Newcastle put up on Saturday afternoon in our relegation season, even though the side lacked the quality – but you can never accuse our lads in the last two seaosns of not giving everything they have for the side.
That’s the most important thing we want to see, and adding more quality to the squad in the summer, is just exactly what the doctor ordered.