Alan Pardew has admitted to being just a little frustrated that Newcastle have brought nobody in since Jose Enrique left the club for Liverpool.
Alan Pardew – at yesterday’s game
And the Newcastle squad has done very well indeed ion winning three of their first three games of the season and drawing the ohet one and are now joint 3rd in the table, behind only the two top Manchester clubs, who slammed two London sides yesterday.
The Red Devils annihilated a pathetic looking Arsenal side 8-2 at home, and City slammed Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane.
But even with the good form shown by Newcastle’s existing squad, Pardew is still keen to strengthen the squad, with Newcastle having made £5M so far in net transfer business this summer.
They have also reduced the wage bill significantly by letting both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique leave, who were getting around £110K/week between them on Tyneside.
“It never worries me about winning games, I never really worry about that.”
“But I am frustrated that we haven’t got a couple of bodies in yet, and I think Derek and Lee and Mike are frustrated as well.”
“Hopefully, we will get it over the line this week.”
The media were trying to make a big thing about Joey Barton leaving for QPR on Friday, but Newcastle didn’t seem to miss Joey too much yesterday.
And the team has stuck together well in all their games so far this season, and with new players still acclimatizing to the Premier League and some good youngsters coming through, things could even be very good this season – dare I say it?.
Alan talked about Joey Barton:
“Joey was great in his time here, especially under me. I enjoyed working with him, contrary to some things you hear – and this and that.
“We had a great relationship and I wish him well. For us, though, we move on and that’s how football is. It moves very, very quickly.
“We have got seven points out of a really tough program and we are pleased with that.”
There is news today that Newcastle are very close to signing Davide Santon from Inter Milan, and the 20 year-old Italian looks a very good young player.
And with so many youngsters playing in the team this season we may have to call them the Newcastle babes (bairns?) or the Pardew babes – or something like that.
But we look forward to Newcastle signing two players at the very minimum, before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.