Alan Pardew seems to be reflecting on the summer, and seems to want to move the club forward, but Newcastle are still not completely safe in the Premier League – yet.
Alan Pardew – will play strongest side in every game
Alan Pardew has also said today he will play his strongest side in the remaining 6 league games, to pick up as many points as possible, and of course the higher Newcastle finish in the league, the easier it will be to attract good players to the club in the summer transfer window.
This is what Alan said today:
“It has been a good season but still with work to do,” “We’re a stable, mid-table side at the moment, but we’ve got six games to go and three of those, if you look on paper, are pretty tough.””We want to finish well. As we sit today, it’s a good season for a newly promoted side, but only at the end of the season can you reflect.”
“We want to move forward, there is a little bit of stuff going on at the moment in terms of building the squad for next season.”
“But there are some players here who are playing for their futures and that is a good thing to have at this stage of the season.” “I’d like a win or another couple of points as quickly as possible and then we can start looking at players and what their situation is going to be at the end of the year.”
“I’m not going to put out teams just to look at fringe players to see whether they are part of my plans for next season. I think it is important we finish well because of the momentum that brings going into the following season. I’m going to play my strongest side where I can.”
It seems the Newcastle manager could even unload more players than we expect in the summer, as he keeps mentioning that some players are playing for their futures at Newcastle, and it seems the club have already identified their transfer targets for the summer.
There were even strong reports the club bid £5M for Toulouse left back Cheikh M’Bengue earlier this week, and the Newcastle Journal today reports they did bid for the player, but will not go back in with a higher bid, but we’ll see.
Since Alan has said he wants to strengthen every position other than goalkeeper, it maybe that M’Bengue would simply be competition for Jose Enrique, since Newcastle haven’t really had another good left back as back-up since Jose arrived almost four years ago.
But of course we now have young Shane Ferguson, so why the club bid for M’Benque is still a little puzzling – unless Jose is leaving of course.
The players that Pardew will unload could well be the likes of Sol Campbell, Xisco, Alan Smith, James Perch and Shefki Kuqi, who’s only here on an emergency anyway.
But a couple more wins would be very good, and once we are absolutely safe, we can then all start thinking about who the club will (could?) bring in during the summer.
But it promises to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans, and it could be the most active transfer window for many a year on Tyneside.
We hope so.