Some revealing comments from Alan Pardew today regarding some players he has been after this summer.
Charles N’Zogbia – too expensive
It turns out the Journal is reporting that Pardew wanted Charles N’Zogbia, as one example, and Charles also came recommended by talented l Chief Scout Graham Carr, and the same was true of Blaise Matuidi, the defensive midfielder at Tolouse.
But both deals were judged to be too expensive by the Newcastle hierarchy, and Alan said only yesterday that Charles would not be coming to Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has a tough job at Newcastle, because he is the man – the only man in fact apart from the players – who goes before the press to answer all questions on the club, even though he doesn’t control the purse strings and other things.
Our concern is that the last two seasons we have been short on numbers, and with only two more players supposedly to be brought in this summer. then we just don’t see the size of the squad being any bigger.
Alan Pardew has said the squad is improved from last season, and he’s probabaly right on that:
“All three of the players who have come in are what I would consider first team players.”
“So if you put them into the mix plus Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling coming back from what we had last year, we have improved considerably.”
“Going into the season as we stand now, I think we’re a little bit stronger than we were in the second half of last year.”
“Hopefully, if we get another striker in, we’ll also be stronger than we were in the first half of the season. That’s where we are. I think the additions we have added will add some intelligence to our play.
“Particularly Yohan Cabaye, who’s a really intelligent player. I think you’ll see a slightly different Newcastle to last year.”
But we must have a bigger squad than we’ve had last season, and we just don’t see that happening unless more players are added to the squad this summer.
What do you think?