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.