It’s apparent that the standards at Newcastle have been raised fairly substantially since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle almost a year ago.
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After Pardew assessed the squad in his first few weeks on Tyneside, and he seemed sure that Wayne Routledge, as one example, would not make the grade at Newcastle and he loaned the winger out to QPR, and then Wayne was sold to Swansea for around £2M in the summer.
And that seems to have been a good call because Routledge is not a starter at Swansea this season, and Newcastle have some excellent wingers in the squad like Gutierrez, Obertan, Marveaux and young Sammy Ameobi, to name only four.
We expect to see some clearing outs going on in January, but it’s the summer when some players will be leaving Newcastle.
Players like Kazenga LuaLua will leave Newcastle in January, with a deal already struck for the winger to join Brighton on a permanent basis.
And Fraser Forster could also join Celtic permanently in January if Celtic will cough up the money.
Other players we expect to leave in the summer include Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Tamas Kadar, and perhaps Nile Ranger, with the first three having their contracts run out at the end of June.
And Alan Pardew will bring in some new players to replace them.
Another player who could well move out in the summer is James Perch, who is an excellent professional, but may not be able to quite cut it at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has used James in the last two games as a defensive midfielder, and he is the first choice as replacement center-back should either Fab Coloccini or Steven Taylor be injured before Mike Williamson is fit again from his ankle injury.
James came on for the last 15 minutes in place of worn out Danny Guthrie on Saturday, and he did quite well, and certainly James seems to be upbeat that he has made a few appearances lately for the Magpies:
“It’s brilliant,” “I’ve been coming on in midfield, in the anchor role to break up play, and to be honest it suits me down the ground.”
“It’s not as if I haven’t played there before. I’ve played there earlier on in my career and I know I can do it.”
“And the gaffer knows that too, so it’s been good to be involved and to help gain a great result last weekend.”
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we just don’t think James will get too many games at Newcastle in the future, as Newcastle will no doubt further enhance their squad next summer.
Ir would also be in the best interests of James to move to a lower league Premier League club or a Championship club so he can play more games.
But we’re very willing for James to prove us wrong on that, and start showing everybody that he can play well in the central midfield position, but it’s doubtful he can do that.
In any case we look to see the Newcastle squad improved and expanded in the two upcoming transfer windows.
What do you think?