Alan Pardew has said that Newcastle will have to rely more on their youngsters next season, as the possibility of European competition looks very good.
Shane Ferguson – players like this will play more next season
The big money in Europe is definitely in the Champions League, and while Newcastle will want to bring in more players if they qualify for the Europa League, which seems almost certain at this point, the money they get from that competition is nowhere near the £20M each club receives once they qualify for the group play in Europe’s top competition.
Obviously Newcastle will try as best they can to make it into the Champions League, but that will not be easy, and it will probably take Newcastle winning at least three of their last fiver games in the league to finish in the top four.
And even then if Chelsea win it this year, and finish out of the top four, then 4th place will go into the Europa League and Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League.
Newcastle will bring in at least two good defenders and a central midfield player in the summer, in addition to players to replace Danny Guthrie and/or Danny Simpson, if they don’t sign new contracts.
But after seeing Danny Guthrie’s interview yesterday it seems to us he’s really keen to stay on Tyneside and play in Europe.
This is how Alan Pardew talked yesterday about the Newcastle squad for next season:
“I don’t think you really have to enlarge, but you do need to make sure that those young players are really on song,” “Maybe we’ll bring in one or two extra, but no more than that. “
“And actually the funds for the Europa League don’t actually suggest you can do more than that.” “Unfortunately, that’s the way it’s been devised.” “We haven’t really got two teams at the moment, and I don’t suppose Tony thinks he has either.”
“What you have to call upon is the young group in your squad, like the Vuckic, the Fergusons, the Sammy Ameobis next year, we’ll be leaning on them far greater than we have this year.”
“I think it’s very, very important next year that the mind set of some of our players is to try and get a maximum of a 55, 60, 70-game season in, whatever it takes,” “We are already looking at what the other clubs have done, how much game time, how many players they’ve used.”
“We’re starting to bring in that information even though we haven’t qualified for Europe yet, just in case we do, so we’re armed with all that information.”
It seems that Newcastle will only modestly increase their transfer costs if we make the Europa League, but with the Champions League, we’ll see up to five top players coming through the door over the summer months.
These last five games, which take place over a short three weeks, are going to be really interesting for Newcastle fans, and we have a chance of ending up in the top four, which would be simply terrific.
If that happens surely Alan Pardew has to be Manager of the Year?