Alan Pardew has tried to settle down the Newcastle fans with news coming in every day, that Mike Ashley seems unwilling to pay out decent fees for good players.
Alan Pardew – pushed Ashley on transfers
Newcastle are still without a replacement for left-back Jose Enrique, who on Thursday night said he felt sorry for Newcastle fans, although it would probably be better if Jose kept his comments centered on his new team Liverpool.
Pardew is trying to ensure Newcastle’s squad is better than last season, but with Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique all gone, that may be a difficult task.
A difficult task right now perhaps, but there are still around 13 days left in the transfer window for Newcastle to bring in some good players.
Alan has admitted that he has pressed Mike Ashley to make the deals, and this is what the Newcastle manager said on Thursday evening:
“We’re trying to make sure this club is stronger than it was last year,”
“As it stands, when we started the season, I’d say we’re not at in position yet. But hopefully we will be.”
“I don’t think I need to nudge Mike any more – I’ve nudged him enough.”
This year Newcastle have banked around £48M from the sale of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Wayne Routledge, and have paid out around £7.5M for Yohan Cabaye and Gabriel Obertan – how’s that for out and out ambition?
And we’re not even going to mention that the £35M Andy Carroll fee was going to be fully reinvested back into the club, because that should be an embarrassment to Ashley and LLambias, the powers that be at the Newcastle club.
The saving grace is that there are still just under two weeks left for Newcastle to bring in say another three good players, and ensure everyone they currently have stays at the club.
If they can do that we’ll be in good shape!