Newcastle fans will be looking forward to the summer transfer window, because we should see up to five top players come through the door, to bolster the squad for next season.
Dreamboat Cabaye – after scoring first goal on Saturday
With European football next season now a certainty, Newcastle will want to increase the size of their squad, but of course we will also hope we can keep our top players too.
Over the last few days, Manchester City have said they are interested in Papiss Cisse, and Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba are also wanted by some of the top clubs this summer.
But we don’t think Mike Ashley will be all that keen to sell this summer, unless some club comes along with a ridiculously high bid for one of our players – like Liverpool did sixteen months ago for big Andy Carroll.
And with a Europa League place already tied up, and the possibility that Newcastle can even qualify for the Champions League, for the first time since Bobby Robson got us there in 2003, Alan Pardew is hoping he can keep his star players on Tyneside:
“I am hoping that we get to such a point where there are not really many places above where they can go. That is what we really want.”
“I have played in a very good Crystal Palace side which finished third in this division and I had a very good side at West Ham but I have not had the camaraderie of this group.”
“I hope that means the players we have got all want to stay and we can do it all again next year, because clubs will look at these players now and try and take them off our hands.”
Cheick Tiote has backed up his manager and he himself is looking for ward to playing in Europe for the first time in his career, and he thinks being in Europe will convince top players at the club to stay on Tyneside:
“European Football will definitely convince players to stay. If the team is playing in Europe, it is better for us to keep our best players,”
Yohan Cabaye was the star man for Newcastle on Saturday, and what a buy this lad has been – we got him for just €5M from french Champions Lille – by exercising the release clause in his contract with the French club.
Yohan says that the lads will just keep going – one game at a time:
“We have got big confidence on the pitch. We just want to keep going,” “The next thing is to be focused on the Wigan match. That’s the most important thing.”
“After, we can see what happens, but we have to think match by match. We can do something special for the team.”
The 10 times capped French International, who is likely to start for France against England in the European Championships in June, scored two and made the other one for Newcastle against Stoke, and in 35 appearances for the Magpies he has five goals and nine assists and has been another steal in the transfer market.
Yohan and Cheick are just two of the many good players Newcastle have been able to bring in over the last couple of years, and we are hoping for more coming through the door this summer – which promises to be an exciting time for Geordie fans everywhere.
Howay The Lads!!