Pardew Looking To Recruit Only Young Players

Alan Pardew has been told to look to bring young players to Newcastle this summer.

Nigel Reo-Coker – not coming to Tyneside

That’s a lot different from the Freddy Shepherd days of trophy signings,  when Newcastle used to bring in big-name players, and pay them an absolute fortune.

The only problem with that was that they were often way past their best, and never earned their huge wages.

A good example of that was Dutch International striker Patrick Kluivert, who Newcastle signed in the summer of 2004, when Bobby Robson was still manager, but he didn’t do much in his one season at the club.

Bringing in younger players is the blueprint for the future of the Newcastle club, so th idea is to sign players who haven’t yet reached their potential, and them improve them once they are at the Newcastle club.

Of course to make that strategy work,  the club will need to have a very good scouting organization, and an equally good coaching staff.

And it’s interesting that  those are two areas Newcastle have been building up, since Alan Pardew arrived at the club last December.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“We’re looking at a younger striker,” “We’ve got Ben Arfa, we want a younger team here.”

“If you look at some of the successful clubs across Europe there is youth in those teams, as well as pace.”

“That is something I am looking to introduce at Newcastle.”

And Pardew has ended any talk that Reo-C0ker, who played for him at West Ham, and is now at Aston Villa,  will be coming to Newcastle as a free agent this summer.

The 26 year-old central midfielder doesn’t seem to interest Pardew, as he said today:

“There’s no truth in the reports that we’ve contacted Nigel.” “There’s no negotiations and he won’t be coming here,”

That’s one name we can cross off the list, but make no mistake about it, Newcastle will be linked with many players this summer, if only because of the £35M the club received from the Andy Carroll sale last January.

Newcastle need to put that money to very good use, and hopefully it will help bring in a number of excellent young players in the summer months.

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • Elfy_Toon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to hear, will be an interesting summer. I’m looking forward to a few unkown players coming to toon

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    “but make no mistake about it, Newcastle will be linked with many players this summer,”

    Ed it’s only spring and I’ve lost count.

  • geoff777

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, I think Kluivert is a bad example.
    There have been many high profile names signed that gave us a lot less than Kluivert.

    Kluivert played 37 games & scored 13 goals.

    … from wiki

    “Kluivert scored some classy and crucial goals namely both winning strikes against Chelsea[6] and Tottenham Hotspur[7] in the FA Cup, both games ending 1-0. Despite scoring 13 goals in his debut season, Newcastle finished the league in the bottom half which triggered a clause in his contract saying either party could decide not to extend his contract a further year. Both Kluivert and the club agreed that he would leave.”

  • roitoon1

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew you can do a lot worse than Shane long at reading. 21 goals plus a few for the Roi. Left right or head and a great attitude. Him and max gradel up front would give the squad options…. Also i wonder what Robert snodgrass is worth. Quality player…

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Has anyone seen anything on matuidi? My pal this morning reckons he has hinted at a move to us, he is pure class. I hope we sign him and gervinho and gameiro.

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed – a couple of small points – but can you put the link to the next blog back to the bottom of the page please, and it was very helpful to have numbers on each post – keep up the good work!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    young + Cheap
    Lets face any it, gster with any ‘real’ potential will be priiced out of our reach – Connor Whickham !

    If we are so interseted in youth why was Avatar be forced out??

    We buy young so that we can a) make a profit from selling on or b) not loose too much money – a gamblers approach if ever there was one!

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    re: Marty-Toon // Apr 3, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    sorry mate – I wasn’t getting at you,you sound like a true supporter – its just that I’m so relieved that we are all but out of the mire after a couple of dreadful’ months that I don’t want to discuss going down anymore – only going up!

    but you are right it’s going to be a more exciting scrap at the bottom than at the top! and I’m also watching a good championship race and look forward to seeing the likes of leeds back at SJP


  • youngtoonfan

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9


    ————Ben Arfa—————-

    Imagine this?! 😀

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    This was PVAs response to a guy asking him “would you consider playing for Newcastle again, if they tried to sign you” –

    “@davshaw Newcastle is a great club with amazing fans, but at the moment i am a Chelsea player and happy so it is hard for me to answer this!”

    He’s new on Twitter, but is ‘following’ Nile and Danny (I think Danny introduced him to it), so he made good friends in his short spell here. If Jose leaves, I’d love to see him and Wendt battling for the LB spot. Leaving Shane to challenge for his natural LW berth.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Sturridge would be a good buy – but may be a bit pricey. I think FatMans wallet will only go to 5M players # hope I am wrong and we go get a TROPHY CENTRE FORWARD – to hell with the price = the fans deserve a big name to get behind – ExEMO was a good buy if he stayed fit and hte shirt sales / sponsorship etc would of gone a long way to paying the wages!!
    Remember KK as a player? His wages were picked up by Scottish n Necaslte (sponsors at hte time) and merchandising – BUT – it only works if they stay fit and perform week in week out- never ben a problem here has it??

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #12

    concerning the transfer merry-go-round – several of our players appear to be targeted, so they must be good! unfortunately no one seems interested in the ones we want shot of – so we could be stuck with some highly paid deadwood – anyone know the rules for paying off contracts in this situation (eg smith) to make room for younger players?

  • toonfan09

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    there is no point paying off a contract cos u hav pay there remainding wages unless its a mutual decision u might as well keep players on the books for back up cos they will still cost u the same money in the end

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree Sturridge looks good, he’s reliable & experienced and would suit us, but trouble is there will be plenty of competition for him and the asking price could be £10m+

    I fancied Bentner cos he allways seems good against us, but he missed a simple header on MOTD last night (bestie would have burried it) and again the asking price could be £10m+

    I’m not keen on taking championship players cos essentially thats what we have now (shola, bestie, lovens)

    so I think we must trust the scouts to find a foreign player – and I think we may be suprised by their choice

    we live in interesting times

  • ZidaneMan

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #15

    I think this would be a good signing, especially as he is a free!

    Also would like to see us sign some of these as well. See what you think: –

    1) Francisco Femenía (aka Kiko)
    2) Daniel Villalva
    3) Axel Witsel
    4) Steven Defour
    5) Gervinho
    6) Ricky Van Wolfswinkel
    7) Wallyson
    Possibly Ezequiel Lavezzi although this depends on the asking price!
    9)Mathias Jorgenson
    10) Marek Suchý
    11) Sébastien Corchia
    12) Daniel Opare
    13) Alan Dzagoev

    I would be happy with any of these.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Smith has to be the first to go, in my opinion. Leeds will come calling hopefully, they’re the only team I could see him taking a wage cut for.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #17

    At worst, we only have Smith in the books till June…

    … June 2012. Effin blood sucker.

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #18

    toonfan09 – paying off contracts
    – I think full wages are only the worst case scenario. more european teams are doing this now because of the new rules on squad size & wage bill to gate receipt ratio. It is possible for a player to become a “free agent” on a reduced wage which can become a “top up” if he signs for a club on lower terms. This is to the advantage of the selling & buying clubs and the player – but I’m not clear wether or not its a private or official arrangement.
    for example, if a player is dropped from the 25 player squad, I presume he will get his contracted wages, but what about bonuses? He could be better off taking half pay (possibly in a lump sum with some tax advantage) and finding a new club on whatever wages they can offer.

    sorry to spell it out like this, but football is changing and agents & accountants live in a very different (big money) world to us mere mortals

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19

    GeordieGerman – you’re back!
    it goes to show – you can change your country, change you job (going well I hope), change your car, change your sex (? better make that sox) – but you can’t change the team you were born to!

  • boater

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    supermac – shola a ‘championship player’?! Sigh. Give it a bleedin rest man.

  • boater

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Younguns I’d like to see come in…

    Chamberlain, Wickam, Sturridge, Victor Moses, Ki sung Yong, Gradel.

    Future toon side:


  • boater

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #22

    oh no.. ben arfa for wickham.

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    boater .. see theres more talk of moses again .. 2nd time lucky .. as for arfa for wickham .. not a chance ..

  • Brutooon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Get rid of ageing players like smith, ameobi

    Get rid of overpaid players like xisco

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #25

    boater .. also agreed about shola .. always scores vital goals .. still a good premiership player .. alot of teams would snap you’re hand of for him .. birmingham being one .. he played well yesterday, wolves couldn’t handle him..

  • ochytoon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    We won’t get Chamberlain. A couple of my mates know him and he seems happy at Southampton atm. I only see him leaving if they don’t get promoted.

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    brutoon. .. smiths contract is up in the summer .. hopefully we’ll replace with leroy fer ..

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #28

    as for ameobi .. we’ll need him next season .. he’s an experienced prem striker .. getting rid of him would be suicide ..

  • shearermania

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #29

    id like to salute one player – a player we all like to sl)am (especially me)……
    the amazing Stroller ameobi aka the donkey…
    the boy has a complicated fracture in his cheek and is finished if he gets another blow…but the way he handed himself yesterday challenging for everything in the air – that was geordie passion for you lads……
    he was absolutely unplayable….
    i salute you (now please dont be pants for the next 10 games)

  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #30

    once we are safe the club will announce the stadium expansion plans, with hotel and casino, & massive conference facilities, this will greatly increase club turnover, we could very soon challenge the top 4 teams, & will be seen as a master stroke by Mike Ashley I just hope the plans are the same or similar to what Freddy Shepherd was planning, as it will massively increase turnover, and increase the capacity, at the moment we don’t seem to need it but wait until we are more successful. Things could happen fast as part of the finance is already in place and sitting in the bank of ST James holding ltd. I think this will be the final piece of the jigsaw, and a large part will be used for the family enclosure as this is the best way to increase gates, as this is my assumption only, but I think it will be used to hold down ticket prices, all in all it could make the owner very popular with a large number of fans, you couldn’t make it up but a lame duck manager could be the one who delivers the second trophy in my lifetime, and a case of the right person at the right time, sneak a winning team un noticed.

  • shearermania

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #31

    dave 1961
    i hope you are right – good positive post.
    2nd trophy – does that include the intertoto cup we won without knowing it a few seasons ago?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Moses has probably been poisened by NZog – lets be honest the club didnt exactly handle him too well – and do you think the Wigan chairman will do business with Jabba and Jar Jar

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #33

    DAve 61 – u only one????
    We won hte first div last season – pretty sure there was a bit of silver ware to go with it!

  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #34

    No just the fairs cup, but could be exciting times ahead. But it could be good times ahead.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #35

    I hope we win the big ones soon.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #36

    New revenue streams will be open to us soon; we need a partner in china & India, this is the markets that we need into.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Ay supermacnumber9, am back. I haven’t really been away. I’ve been logging in everyday having a read of the posts then crawling off, knackered to my bed. New job is killing me. But at least I’ve got one and can keep looking for something a bit lighter.

    Anyway back to NUFC. Never done this before, but my team for Villa. What do you think?


    Simpson..S Taylor..Williamson..Enrique (if fit)


    ………………..Shola…….Nil Ranger………..

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    dave 1961, and you’ve forgotten the Teresa Herrera Trophy last year.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #39

    No bother mate.
    Looking forward to seeing Leeds and Norwich myself.
    Don`t think anyone expected much of Leeds this year but they are pushing for a spot.
    We thought Freddie Shepherd was a money spender but the Leeds heirarchy back when they were winning and almost winning things was wild with their money and wages.
    O`leary helped with that too.
    Hope they have learned

  • Thump

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Looks good GG, but a bit optimistic. Jonas will never be played on the right for the rest of his toon life, sadly.


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