Alan Pardew has said in the local Sunday Sun today, that if Newcastle do somehow qualify for Europe next season, we will need four or five top signings in the summer.
Newcastle linked with FC Twente’s Douglas
If Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup semi-final next Saturday, and Newcastle can retain 6th position in the league, we are 12 points above Everton in 7th place at the moment with 18 points to play for, then Newcastle will get into the Europa League.
And if we can somehow get to 5th position, that’s also an automatic qualification for the Europa League, and 4th position gets us into the Champions League.
The Sunday Sun is reporting that Newcastle have plans to bring in only a couple of signings this summer, but we find that hard to believe.
But if Newcastle qualify for Europe next season, the Magpies will bring in five new players, and even more if Danny Simpson and/or Danny Guthrie leave in the summer months.
Alan was asked if he would need a bigger squad, if Newcastle are in Europe next season:
“It will possibly change us a little bit.” “I think we would need a bigger squad, therefore where we might only bring in two or three we might need four or five to bolster the numbers.
“We’ll have to see because obviously we’ve got contracts up here as well, whether we all agree to stay or they go as well. We’ll have to wait and see.”
It seems that Newcastle are eying PSV and Holland defender Erik Pieters, France right-back Mathieu Debachy, who is Yohan Cabaye’s friend, and FC Twente’s 6’4″ Brazilian center-back Douglas.
But Newcastle (of course) have also been linked with lots of other players this year already – about 184. 😀
But first things first, and we need to qualify for Europe, and then we could see a very exciting transfer window for Newcastle fans this summer.
That’s what we are really hoping for, and to think we were in the doldrums a short three years ago – the Newcastle resurgence has been almost unbelievable since the summer of 2009.