Ever since the transfer window closed there have been noises coming out of Newcastle that Alan Pardew will be given a war chest of funds for January.
Erik Pieters – wouldn’t pay out the money for this Dutchman
But if that’s the case, where was the war chest in the summer?
It’s probably a PR move by the Newcastle Board to try to calm the Newcastle fans, who are less than happy that a new number 9 has not been bought with the Carroll cash.
But apart from that, Newcastle did quite well in the summer transfer window, and if they had brought in a top striker on Wednesday, we would have been singing a different tune, for sure.
Alan Pardew, who seems to get to speak for the Newcastle club, especially in difficult situations, has yet to be questioned about Wednesday’s failure to secure a striker, on the very last day of the transfer window.
There’s really nor much he can say, as the word seems to be Newcastle were simply not willing to pay out money for their targets.
Take the left back situation as one example.
Newcastle got £6M from Liverpool for Jose Enrique, and 23 year-old Dutch International Erik Pieters was available for £6M from PSV, but Newcastle wouldn’t pay it, and instead they haggled and haggled until they gave up on Erik, and a fee was never agreed with PSV.
Presumably they could have signed him on the very next day after Jose left us, if they had been willing to use all of the money they got for Jose, but no, that’s not the way of this Newcastle Board.
Mind you, on the positive side, they have done some terrific deals these last 18 months, since a certain Graham Carr has been the Chief Scout. Graham seems to have a good eye for a good player, which is so important to make the Newcastle strategy of buying young players a success.
But you can overdo it on the thrift side of things, which is what we think happened in the last few days, as they sought valiantly to bring in a top striker.
What we would hope for, is that Newcastle line up a top striker and a top defender over the next few months, and bring them in on January 1st, which would be almost the exact opposite of what happened on Wednesday.
We continue to live in hope, and now we must now beat QPR a week on Monday.
Howay The Lads!!