Alan Pardew has talked about the transfer window, from Newcastle’s base in Kansas City, and he has said he is pleased with the business Newcastle have done so far in the window.
Alan Pardew – pleased with transfer business
The lads will play Kansas City tonight at 7:30 pm central time, which is 8:30 pm eastern time and 1:30 am local time in England.
This is what Alan said about the transfer business Newcastle have done so far this summer:
“So far we are pleased with the business we have done.”
“We obviously want to do a bit more before the season starts but we have Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa fit again plus Marveaux, Demba and Cabaye in.”
“With those names I have just mentioned I certainly think we have gone up a level. Now we need to keep the momentum going and hopefully bring one or two more in.”
As we mentioned yesterday, it seems the squad will be no bigger in terms of numbers for next season, so it will again be paper thin.
And we will just have to hope that we don’t get too many injuries, although Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson will already miss the start of the season through injuries picked up at Darlington on Friday night.
Alan was then asked if it’s been a difficult transfer market:
“Well I don’t know if it is difficult, but I think a lot of other teams have looked at it and really tried to get better from last year.”
“Certainly Man United have taken that approach, Man City and Chelsea have raised the standard yet again and we have to follow that.”
“We aren’t in their league, of course, but it’s all about the 11 who start and for what we have in the group, our starting 11 is good.”
Newcastle could show some dramatic changes in the way they play next season, because of the new skilled players in the side.
As well as Demba Ba, Marveaux and Cabaye, Newcastle now have Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa back again after long term injuries, and therefore compared to last season, it’s like having five new players in, and all are very skillful.
“I think we have definitely pushed on since the end of last year and we have already been working on a couple of things out here already which have been accepted well by the players.”
“We are looking to control the games and that is something we will continue to work on.”
Newcastle will have to find goal-scorers to replace Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, and it looks like new boy Demba Ba will become the main goal threat for the Magpies.
Ben Arfa and Cabaye have also shown they can get goals from midfield, and as we mentioned yesterday, we think Leon Best can get goals too – if he is given a chance.
On the positive side of things, we think Newcastle will be a very attractive side to watch this coming season, and hopefully we can push on from last season, and finish in the upper half of the table – a top eight finish would be great.