Alan Pardew Worried Again About Losing Some Top Players

It seems that Alan Pardew is worried he may lose some of his top players this summer.

Yohan Cabaye – top player at Newcastle

And Alan is only being realistic when he says that if some top clubs like Real Madrid come in for some of Newcastle’s best players, there’s not much he can do about that, and it would be like what happened at Arsenal last summer.

Arsenal were helpless to stop Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas from leaving the London club and signing for Manchester City and Barcelona respectively last summer, because the players got much better wage deals at those clubs.

This is what Alan told BBC Newcastle:

“It’s impossible to restrict Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City from coming in for one of our players.” “We have players who are not on the salaries these top clubs can offer.”

“Forget about Everton and Aston Villa, we have put ourselves in a similar position to Arsenal,” “The one security I have is that owner Mike Ashley is a difficult seller. He is not going to let someone go for £7M, he is going to want top, top money.”

“But if Yohan Cabaye gets a call from Manchester United and they tell him he is going to be the next Paul Scholes I am not going to be able to stop him.”

“It is going to cost Manchester United a shedload of money, but until we have Champions League football, and we might have that by this weekend, we can not compete with that.”

This is not the first time Alan Pardew has talked about possibly losing some of his player in the summer, and we have to wonder if some big clubs have already come in for some of our players?

We’ll know soon enough, but if some top players do leave, there will other ones that will be drafted in, and Newcastle will also need a bigger squad next season, because of the extra games being played in Europe.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Bloody hell.

    At no point did Pardew sound worried. Actually listen to it, he was laughing.

  • Dannyo

    May 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s the media twisting and turning everything.
    Pardew might say: “Ba is going to stay”.
    Meida headlines: “Pardew says Ba is staying, but we all remember Andy Carroll”.

  • toonking

    May 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    i said it in the last post and will say it again as it is better in this post
    the bidding offer we get for a player is not the problem because we have turned down offers of 30 mil for tiote last year,
    the problem we have is the wages the player is offered because we just aren’t able to match chelsea city and madrid e.g. so if a player wants better wages the he just hands in a transfer request.

    what i hope but is mike and pardew know that if they want newcastle to get success and join the elite they need big squads so they have to start buying more players than they sell

  • okkurtgarvilt

    May 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    he didn’t say that was not able to stop him, what he actually said was that he was not GOING to stop him if manu came in for him…and there is a clear difference, why should he stop a player going to a top club and let him perform on the big stage…and that’s what pardew meant by that.

  • Dannyo

    May 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    We sold 4 players in the summer. We bought 7.
    We sold no players in January. We bought one.

    I think they already know that.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Pardew didnt say hes worried..

    he said he may lose a player for a top top fee, for which we have the scouting network to replace with a player of the same quality.


    May 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Yes the media twisted it yes that’s not exactly what he meant but, once again, I don’t see why Pards answers these questions

    It makes him look like a seller everytime its used to unsettle the players

  • rich_toonfan

    May 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    There are only 2 teams in the world which stop players leaving.

    Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    Man Utd are huge, one of the biggest clubs in the world financially and in history. They had one of the top players in Ronaldo and even they couldn’t keep him.

    The reality is if a player wants to leave and you can get very good money you let them go. You do not want an unhappy player in the squad.

    And you also have to be fair to a player….if he has signed, made a good impact for a couple of years, you cannot offer him silver wear or silly money they have a right to leave for a club which can I think.

    I wouldn’t want to lose any of our top players but we have to be realistic. Constantly challenging in top 6/4 is good for us…..unless we had a mega-rich owner we will never be regular title challengers.

    I hope we follow a valencia model for running the club. Scout well, sign cheap, produce a few decent academy players then sell big.

    We will regularly be around the top4 and if everything come together one year might have a title push.

  • lukes26

    May 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Jesus..why is everyone huffing and puffing about this? It’s the same policy as always. To buy one of our starters (except williamson , simpson and Jonas) you’ll need to pay a mimimum of over 20 million. It’s always been clear that everyone has a price..because they can be replaced by similar talent.

  • toonking

    May 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #10

    WWJBD It makes him look like a seller everytime its used to unsettle the players
    i like how you put it when you said that because this has come at a time when we just got reports surrounding the media trying to make it sound as though cisse was wanting to go to madrid, so they most likely want to try making it sound more certain cisse will leave

  • 09nufc09

    May 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Everytime he says we might sell one he always says mike is a difficult seller and he wont sell cheap. I cant see anyone wanting to pay 25mil plus out right for one player, we turned down 30 mil for carroll and got it all in one installment plus we got a 25% sell on clause. Im confident if we sell it will be because the player has handed in a transfer request and we will replace with quality. Debuchy would be top of my list for right back, hes looked top class everytime ive seen him for france and for lille, would get in most teams in the pl imo.

  • LocalZero

    May 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think the media twisted anything. Pardew basically said it’s the player’s choice if a big club comes in. That’s not exactly news but it is what’s being reported. I don’t think anyone is reporting it as an offer to come and take our players. The bigger clubs already know they might be able to tempt them.
    As rich_toonfan said, almost everyone is a ‘selling club’ in reality, these labels are meaningless.

  • stuart no9

    May 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    why cant we just say “no not for sale”?

  • woolerbill

    May 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is preparing us for star that are leaving for large some of money. Ashley is doing what he does best, making money and pardew is his sales rep.

  • LocalZero

    May 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #15

    @ stuart no9
    Because they are for sale. They’re all for sale. Just like Carroll was – and that was the right thing to do. There’s no point Pardew lying about it, he’s not trying to sell players, he’s just stating the obvious.


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