Most Newcastle fans were just happy we got through yesterday without losing some of our top players.
Alan Pardew – much happier than last year
And although Newcastle failed to sign any defensive cover, which was their number one priority going into the window, fans are fairly pleased at the January window, since we brought in Papiss Cisse from SC Frieburg for £9M, and that was a great deal for Newcastle.
There were no big offers yesterday for the club’s top players Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini, Demba Ba or Cheick Tioté, and that’s very good.
And Alan Pardew was a relieved man at the end of the window, as he didn’t have to go through losing one of his best player this time around, like when he lost Andy Carroll a year ago:
“It goes down as a success for me, yeah. If someone had offered me at the start of the season, I’d have taken it,”
“This time last year there was a danger that momentum was going to be sucked away, but that isn’t going to be the case. And I do feel buoyed somewhat by Perch’s performances at centre-half. He’s done particularly well.”
“He was one of our best performers at Brighton – Coloccini is back, by the way and will play – but that has buoyed me going into the season’s second half.”
“I am smiling and I wasn’t smiling last year. Our big players are going to stay, which is important. We’ve had enquiries, but not for key players.”
In retrospect Alan Pardew took a hammering when Andy Carroll left, and he had only been at the club less than two months, and told anybody who would listen in January that Newcastle would not sell big Andy.
But then Liverpool came in with a £30M offer that was turned down, and it wasn’t until the offer was raised to £35M and paid for in cash up front, that Mike Ashley accepted the bid.
Most people now think that was a very good deal for Newcastle, and the club now have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisee as our two main strikers, and we paid only £9M for the pair.
That’s good business by Newcastle, let’s face it.
We’re still short of defensive cover, and if Mike Williamson or Fabricio Coloccini get injured or suspended, we could be in trouble, but the way James Perch played on Saturday afternoon at Brighton, where he was the best player for Newcastle, gives us some hope.
Coloccini is fit from his groin strain and will start tonight at Blackburn, in a game wee are wondering where the goals will come from for Newcastle.