Alan Pardew Plans For A New Look Newcastle


Alan Pardew seems to talk about the transfer market every day now, although that’s probably because he’s asked about it every day.

Connor Whickham – one potential target for Newcastle

When September rolls around Newcastle fans will have a better idea of how far Alan Pardew can move Newcastle forward, and we suppose the aim for next season is to finish in the top 8 in the Premier League, and maybe even qualify for European competition.

Newcastle can still finish in the top 10 this season, but we’ve lost some ground over the last four games with just two points gained, and it seems to be touch and go at the moment..

Finishing in the top 10 would exceed expectations most fans had at the beginning of the season, where the number one goal was just to stay in the league, and the team has already achieved that, thank goodness.

This is what manager Alan Pardew said today:

“This summer is an opportunity to give this team a new look and that’s what we intend to do.” “We need to add a bit more pace to the side.”

“And we need to add more energy in certain areas in order to get a team capable of competing in the top 10 of this division.”

“We want to finish this season as strongly as possible. Then in the summer we are going to rebuild.” “We’re in the market for good players – it’s as simple as that.”

Newcastle have already been linked with what seems like a host of potential signings in the summer, but whether the club can really get some good players through the door or not, I just don’t know at this point, but the hopes remain high, as usual.

But the good news has to be that the club will have both Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa fit again for the pre-season.

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106 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    May 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    new look = remove old faces e.g Ameobi

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    gibbs, van aanholt, baines lb at least 2 of them
    shawcross cb
    cleverly cm
    2 decent strikers

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    ruud to come in old but 10 times better than shola

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  • Brutooon

    May 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #4

    billy1985: good choice mate

    van aanholt would come to us if we improve his wages and gave his first team football

    cleverley as backup to the two wingers

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    New look = Collo and Jonas haircuts! Paid for out of there own wages of course

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Also people talk about Van aanholt like he’s the dogs nuts. He only played 7 times for us in a side that was top of the championship. If he couldn’t play well in that side then where could he play well? Spoke to a few leicster fans who have him on loan currently and they don’t seem to rate him at all. Gibbs is good and would love to see him or Baines in. Doubt we’d get either, realistically I guess we could be looking at figeuroa and Izaguirre

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    cleverley can play cm too so that covers loads of positions which we need

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    May 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Van aanholt is happy at Chelsea but I also think he’s got in his head he wouldn’t mind a move to Newcastle. He seems to get on with Simpson and according to Twitter they were hanging out with each other a couple of days ago, he also messaged Simpson something like “I’ll see you soon, if you no what I mean” as if he is wanting us to put an offer in for him.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s reassuring to know that Pardew has realized we need pace in the team. He also mentions were after ‘good’ players and that’s good to know. I think we will all be pleasantly surprised with Pardew’s transfer business this summer. I hope he gets rid of Ameobi, Perch, Smith and Campbell to start.

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #10

    JP i’m not too sure what his take on “good” players is as he said Shola was one of the best strikers he has worked with haha

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    campbell is retired at the end of the season well according to the website he is

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Posted this on the last thread, but due to the picture it’s mroe appropriate here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1383650/Newcastle-fight-Liverpool-Spurs-Connor-Wickham.html

    I think we’d be perfect or him, as he wouldn’t get first team football at spurs or Liverpool.

    But it’d be a gamble for us, as I can see him costing over 10m.

    But Pardew has worked with him before, which is also a lure.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #13

    And Andy, despite how hilarious it would be, and how much more respect we’d all have for Pards, I’m not how motivating it would be for him to say:

    “Shola is actually surprisingly awful. Despite being born with tremendous natural athleticism, he never actually utilises his pace or strength, and spends most of the game walking back from offside positions. One of the great donkeys of the game.”

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  • NI Toon

    May 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    I think cleverley is a good shout, although think he might be staying at united to fight for a place.
    And your right he can also play as an attacking Midfielder or on either wing.
    He also played as a full back for wigan when needed, although he is definatley better going forward.

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #15

    ToonDownSouth where did Pardew work with him?

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    we should offer around 5 -7m for him but with some future fees too like so many goals they wouls receive so much and how many league games he plays and if he gets called up for england too stuff like that…..but we need experience too

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  • GeordieRob

    May 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Signed him as an infant at Reading….

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  • Sav

    May 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Finishing in the top half would indeed exceed our expectations now.

    It may have exceeded our hopes last August.

    But we were sitting in 7th when we sold Carroll in January 2011!

    What we want to know is, what are Mike Ashley’s expectations? happy to settle for survival and further reduced costs and player sales profits, or are we going to compete.

    This summer is make-or-break for both Ashley and Pardew on that score. We need to see the colour of Ashley’s ambition and his faith in Alan Pardew, and we need to see what sort of rebuilding Pardew is capable of.

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Also ToonDownSouth he’s not going to say that but saying he’s the best he’s worked with. Everyone knows Shola becomes complacent when people are happy with what he is doing. Just keep ya gob shut Pardew!

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  • Sav

    May 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Llambias broke Williamson’s arm – twisting it to get him to take a pay-cut.

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  • toonfan09

    May 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    ben arfa not going to play this season after set back in training

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Any money Kuqi is to blame for this!

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  • NI Toon

    May 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #23

    We are lacking a winger and some someone to put the ball in the back of the net consistantly.
    After that if we can add some depth to the squad I actually dont think it wuld be to hard to make the team a solid top 8-10 team next year.

    Its more an issue that we dont have any decent players to come in once we start getting the injures we always seem to…

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  • Brutooon

    May 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    why not go for :

    Heitinga (Everton) – he is down the pecking order. Good defender and International and BPL proven

    Gabriel Oberton ( Man Utd) – loan or permanent deal. fast player but let him as a backup for any wings

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah I know. I think Pards made the mistake of thinking praising him would encourage him. Fail.

    The thing is I think Pardew gets on well with all the players, especially the English ones – He’s always had a preference for home grown players, and rightly so as they’re a lot easier to work with, and generally more commited.

    He does praise all our players a little too much though. I think he was just trying far far too hard to get thee squad on his side.

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  • chuck

    May 5, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    We are desperately in need of strikers and what I hear is midfielders, we got Duckling and BA coming into the side next season and hopefully Ireland.
    Besides strikers we need help across the back, if not a replacement for Enrique ,then a backup, no not Ferguson, he`s going to play on the wing
    Plus another CD and a backup or someone to platoon with Simpson.
    And i`m looking for quality, not some possibility playing well in the second tier.
    That goes for everyone we bring in.
    Well that depends of course on Ashley showing
    some ambition for the club, cause what i`m hearing lately on these blogs could be Ashley himself , in regards to costs.
    Seems he has converted everyone into beancounters, more interested in the bottom line than being entertained on the pitch.
    We got teams like Bolton and Blackburn with half our earnings, but showing twice our ambition in the market.
    There`s a hefty wedge from the AC sale lets see exactly what Asley`s ambitions are, is it to make money from the club or gain some kind of long awaited success ?

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  • nightfa11

    May 5, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27

    perhaps its time to look for new doctors as well.. every year we have more injured players then fit ones..

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  • joe

    May 5, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    @Sav

    Yes we were sitting 7th in January, but did you for one moment even think that we had the players or strength in depth to maintain that position? Even if we still had Andy Carroll I doubt we would be much better off than our position currently. Honestly I think that playing in Europe next season would be a huge distraction and would impact on our league performance.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #29

    NI Toon – I agree, there’s a lot of poor teams in this league. And at the moment we’re one of them.

    But I’d like to see depth added, purely because I’d really like to see us have a go at the cups next year. Birmingham are a prime example of how an easy run and a little luck can work for you!

    Drawing Chelski then Arsenal was unfortunate though, else I think we’d have gone a lot further in the Carling – even with our kids!

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #30

    try and get macheda from man u on loan

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #31

    even if we did still have carroll he was injured anyway so he would have still missed games for us so just be grateful we have the points we have and not further down the league

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Macheda on loan would be good, he’d be good with BA probably, smart player that can make intelligent runs. Also great knack of being in the right place at the right time. Wouldn’t mind loaning players for back up but if there is no option to buy i don’t see a point basing our team around them

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  • Pons Aelius

    May 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #33

    I know people have doubts about Patrick Van Aalholt, but he was on Twitter yesterday talking to Danny Simpson saying that if Enrique does leave he would consider coming back. Like him or not it’s good to hear he would like to play for us.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #34

    And what the hell happens at our training ground? Seriously? We’re genuinely picking up a couple of injuries a week. It’s getting stupid.

    Big man Kuqi challenging them to wrestling matches?

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  • boonarmy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #35

    see ben arfa has had a setback now and wont be playing this season.

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  • Andy

    May 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #36

    May as well take your boots to the match on Saturday lads. Chance we may get on the way things are going

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Benny’s a shame. But to be honest, he may not be as good as he was before. Could take quite a long time to get confidence back. So it may be a blessing in disguise that Pards doesnt have the chance to throw him back in on crutches

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 5, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    On another note, who are you guys rooting for in the playoffs?

    I was hoping Leeds would come up, but unless Forest lose it looks like they wont be in it.

    Peronally I’m hoping for Cardiff, as I’m stuck at Uni in Bath at the moment, and it’d be sweet to catch the away leg

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  • davybtoon

    May 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #39

    i didnt want to see hba play again this season he wasnt worth the risk, plus they will hav players clattering him in training to make sure he is ryt both physically n mentally it probably were he has picked up this setback

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  • Billy1985

    May 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #40

    cardiff could be promoted tomorrow cause it says qpr around 80% is getting points deducted and 20% being relegated

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