Alan Pardew is trying to convince Newcastle fans, and maybe himself too, that Newcastle still have the makings of a very good squad.
Alan Pardew – mm
There’s no doubt that Newcastle made some good signings in June, with Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba, and we are told that Gabriel Obertan will be arriving on Tyneside tomorrow, and that’s good news.
Pardew would also like a second player to arrive at the club before next Saturday’s game against Arsenal.
And we’re not sure who that will be, but Newcastle have been in negotiations with Tranquillo Barnetta, and those dealings with his agent – the real agent that is – were going very well until Barnetta was injured last week.
Maybe they will arrange his transfer closer to when he’ll be fit again, which is in a couple of weeks time, but we probably also have enough wingers already at the club, once Obertan arrives.
Pardew is trying to be as positive as possible, and there’s nothing wrong with that, when he talks about the squad he currently has in place on Tyneside:.
“We have introduced a couple – or two or three – very good players. And we’re going to add to that,”
“Once we see the team settle down, and I don’t think that will be in the first three or four games if I’m honest, we’re going to see a strong side.”
“We’ve still got some very, very good players here. Cabaye will certainly be a big, big player for this football club.”
“We’ve got Cheick Tiote still at the football club when everyone thought he would be going – we’ve got Coloccini here, he’s one of the best centre halves in this division.”
“We’ve got three goalies who could be number one, we’ve got Gutierrez still at the football club, Enrique still at the football club.”
“We’ve got Danny Simpson at right-back still learning his trade, we’ve still got a lot of assets outside of what’s gone on this week.”
There is some news doing the rounds that Newcastle have agreed a £5.5M fee with Liverpool for the sale of Jose Enrique.
But even if Liverpool have agreed the fee, they still have to offer Enrique comparable wages he is currently getting at Newcastle, and it’s not an absolute certainty they can do that.
But Jose leaving may be why Newcastle are trying to bring in some additional players now, to soften the blow for fans when he leaves.
Then we’ll need a new left back if Jose eventually goes, after a long and drawn out seven month soap opera, since Andy Carroll was sold.
If we get two more good players in after Gabriel arrives tomorrow, we may even be in decent shape after all.