Alan Pardew was asked over the weekend what he was looking to do in the January transfer window.
Alan Pardew – let down by Newcastle Board a few times already
And the manager refused to discuss it, and we don’t blame him one little bit, because whatever Alan wants to do in January, it’s ultimately up to Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias as to who comes and goes, and Alan has no say in that.
It was obvious last January when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool, and then Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton also left the club, when the manager wanted them all to stay, that Alan is not in charge of who comes and goes at the club.
So we were not too surprised when the manager had this to say when asked about the January transfer window:
“I’m not going to go there, the January transfer window, because it’s unfair on me,” “What I will say is that the football club at the minute – as a team – goes out every week to try and win.”
“And to try and win in a way that has some structure to it and a bit of flair about it too.” “We could be a very exciting team to watch. I don’t think we have been yet but if I went to Villa I would be excited.”
“If I went to Forest I would be excited by the guys in the background and we now need to transfer that to the first team.” “And I think we’ve got enough in that squad to have a season where we excite our fans and they get to trust us.”
If Alan is smart, and he is, he’ll be guarded as to what he tells the press about January, but if Demba Ba and Leon Best continue to score goals, and Sammy Ameobi starts to come through as well, then Newcastle may not even need a new striker come January.
We’d like to see at least one full back and new center-back brought in.
But Alan Pardew has a lot of players still to bring through at the club, and we haven’t yet seen the best of Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Bern Arfa, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and others, so the Newcastle squad is still very much a work in progress at the moment.
The surprising thing is that Newcastle may not be short of too many players, but a couple of defenders and a top striker brought in during January would be very nice.
What do you think?