It will be interesting to see how many players Newcastle can bring into the club, by the time the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday.
Alan Pardew – wants two or three over the line by Wednesday
And we have to hope Newcastle fans are feeling better on Thursday morning than they were on February 1st, after Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool, and nobody was brought in to replace him.
And there’s a case to be made that Carroll’s transfer has ultimately led to Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton leaving the club, as they doubt Newcastle’s ambition.
Newcastle are again leaving it very late in the transfer window this time around, and have again let a top player leave very late in the game, and we don’t think Newcastle will be able to bring in a suitable replacement for Joey Barton.
Even the club that signed him have said they were surprised at being able to land a player of Joey’s ability on a free transfer.
We are still waiting for Jose Enrique to be replaced, although either Erik Pieters of PSV or Aly Cissokho of Lyon should be coming through the door soon, and before the window closes.
As far as a striker goes, we have no idea who, if anybody, the club will be able to get through the door by Wednesday, but the Board have known all summer long that they need an additional new striker to Demba Ba, but nobody has yet been signed.
And the departure of Joey Barton to QPR, just five days before the window closes, means they will need assess the squad and see who else they may need to bring in over a short three days.
This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today, when asked about Joey Barton and a potential replacement:
“That’s something I’m discussing, the type of players we bring in,” “So that’s a possible yes.”
That’s a possible yes doesn’t exactly fill you with too much confidence.
The transfer window in January was a terrible one for Newcastle fans, and most of the disaster happened on the very last day, January 31st, when we sold Andy Carroll, brought in an injured Stephen Ireland on loan, and sent Xisco off on a loan deal to Deportivo, and the club had already loaned out Wayne Routledge to QPR.
And from Feburary 1st, the club were short of a decent striker, and we still are.
“There will only be a sense of relief when the window closes if we get these two players in, otherwise I will be disappointed,” (you’re right there)
“We’ve had a great start and I think the players have proved they are committed to Newcastle.” “The club is everything. It’s not about the owner, the manager, the players, it’s about the club and the fans.”
“So we’ve represented all that very well, but we have to continue to do that and we need a stronger group of players – I need to see that.’”
“There are three or four players I think can take this club forward and I’ve put those names to the board. When I say three or four, I mean two to three to sign, but a choice.”
“My job is to put pressure on the board to try to get these guys over the line.”
The Newcastle Board are leaving it late again, but if they can get three good players through the door in the next three days, including a left-back and a good striker, then Newcastle should be in good shape, after all.
And we need a win today at to Fulham, so that we are high up in the league by tonight, which can only help the transfer negotiations going on.
Well we hope they are going on.
Howay The Lads!!