Alan Pardew may have had a bit of a hangover on Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop him from flying to Holland to watch Newcastle target Erik Pieters in action at left-back for PSV Eindhoven.
Alan Pardew on Saturday
And news today in the Evening Chronicle (Lee Ryder) that chief scout Graham Carr, whom we did a piece on yesterday, was at Coventry City’s 0-0 draw with Watford, as he assessed future prospects.
We wonder who they may be – any ideas?
PSV Eindhoven had a comfortable 3-0 win over Den Haag, and apparently Pieters had an excellent game, so maybe Alan can now convince the Newcastle hierarchy that Pieters is worth the around £30K/week he is said to be looking for.
Pardew was seen to be sitting next to Pieters’ agent Hakim Slimani during the game, so that may be good news.
Pardew talked to the local Newcastle press today:
“There has been talk of a left-back – we know about it, we are trying to secure one.”
“I can say to Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley, ‘let’s get these guys over the line.”
” It is not easy. but we will try to do that this week.”
Newcastle finally signing Erik Pieters this week would be great as far as we are concerned, and the Dutch International would be a top class replacement for the departed Jose Enrique.
But Newcastle must now move quickly to get the two top players they now need to round out the Magpies’ squad.
And it’s even looking a decent squad, when you consider players who were not in the starting line-up on Saturday.
Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Mike Williamson, Danny Guthrie, Steve Harper, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson were some of them.
They are very decent players to have in reserve.
What do you think?