Alan Pardew has talked today about Newcastle’s two midfield signings so far this summer.
Yohan Cabaye – a very skillful midfielder
Well, we should probably make that three, since Newcastle have re-announced the signing of 18 year-old French midfielder Mehdi Abeid, which they first did last May 25th.
And that’s probably because his contract ran out at Lens yesterday, but that’s the case with the contracts for our other free agents – Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba – but we didn’t re-announce those signings.
It’s probably to make sure we talk about four signings this summer, since of course Sunderland just signed 18 year-old English U21 International Connor Whickham from Ipswich Town on Wednesday – but he cost £12M – whereas Abeid was a free agent.
Certainly both Cabaye and Marveaux are good footballers, there’s little doubt about that, and should turn out to be excellent acquisitions for the club, and both have already talked in glowing terms about Newcastle – and we like to hear that.
This is what Alan Pardew told the club’s official website today:
“Cabaye is a ball-manoeuvrer, someone who can work the ball and make a pass that has an incisiveness to it,” explained the manager.”
“He can unlock the door and comes to us full of confidence on the back of winning the league and cup double with Lille.”
“Ba is an out-and-out goalscorer, a winner and will certainly give everything he’s got. I expect him to get between 15 and 25 goals this year.”
“Marveaux has impressed and, because of his contract situation, he didn’t play a lot last season, but that means he comes to us fresh. We think there is a lot to come from him.”
“He works off the left-hand side as a rule, can play off either foot and will certainly give us competition for Gutierrez and Joey on both flanks. It’s really nice options for us.
“The only way the players are good value is if they are a big success for the team, and hopefully they will be, playing at a venue as big as Newcastle.”
Marveaux didn’t play a lot for Rennes last year because he had a serious groin injury, so we’re not sure what Alan is referring to about his contract at Rennes, which of course ran out yesterday.
Sylvain will certainly provide competition on either wing, but why we had to put Jonas Gutierrez up for sale we have no idea, since surely Newcastle should be building up a squad with good competition in almost every position.
The fours players Newcastle have signed this season seem all to be good business for the club, for a total outlay of just £4.5M, which was offset by the sale of Kevin Nolan to West Ham.
But we’d still like to see at least another three good players brought in before September, and if we can also keep Jose Enrique and Joey Barton at the club, that would be great, but if not they will need to be replaced.
Newcastle have made a good start to the transfer season, we’d just like to see another top signing – soon.