Alan Pardew has been forced to rebuild the Newcastle side more than he would have liked this summer.
Fabricio Coloccini – moving to Valencia?
in January Pardew wanted Mike Ashley to ensure he keeps the top players at Newcastle, and they were identified as Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote and Kevin Nolan, but of those only Cheick Tiote has since signed a long term deal, and Carroll, Nolan and Enrique have all left for other clubs.
But it seems that Joey Barton may be staying, at least to see out his contract over the next year.
Alan has said he has had the help of some of Newcastle’s senior players in recent months, as he tries to rebuild the side and he had this to say today:
“At West Ham it was very similar.”
“We had been relegated and I had senior players whose focus wasn’t on the job in hand. I lost a lot of senior players and one or two were disruptive.”
“This time it has been slightly different.” “The senior players have been very good, and they have helped me through the process of bringing in these new players and helping me to integrate them into the group.”
“Alan Smith, Harps, Colo – they have been important.” “You can’t have a really good side without that guidance.”
“Even Man United, when they rebuilt that side with the younger ones like Scholes, etc still had the older players around them to help. You have to have that.”
“The most important thing about building a side is you need to get the balance right.” “I think which has been lost a little bit is the new ones who have come in give us that balance.”
“Demba Ba gives us a dual role. He can play at the top of the pitch or he can link the play.” “Yohan Cabaye can play in Cheick’s position, he can play a bit deeper or play closer to the front.”
“You will find we have signed a very good player there. We have the makings there of a good side.”
There’s no doubt that Newcastle have so far signed five very skillful players, and more are on the way.
Finally, there is a rather scary report that Coloccini will be sold soon to Valencia, but it seems an isolated report, and not too many sites are picking up that news.
Wonder if some in the gossip press are making up this story on Valencia after Coloccini, to destabilize the Tyneside club?
It would be ludicrous if Newcastle sold their new captain before September – absolutely ludicrous – I hope I have made that clear.
And if we were to hazard a guess as to whether this story had any truth in it, we would say absolutely not.