It’s a little worrying that Alan Pardew keeps saying he will probably lose one his top players this summer.
Has some club come in for Cheick Tiote?
From what we can read from the tea leaves, it seems likely it’s either Demba Ba or Cheick Tiote, and that’s purely from what Alan keeps saying.
Here’s what Alan, the winner of the LMA Manager of the Season, awarded last night in London, told the local press today, and notice he points out it could be one of our top players:
“Regardless of losing anybody, which is a possibility – and losing one of our top players – I still think we’ll bring in two or three players.”
“We’ll certainly do that, and for the underbelly of the team too, which needs to be strengthened.”
We may have to lose a top player each summer we suppose, until we are in the Champions League every season, and that has to be the goal.
The good news is that with the track record of Newcastle in the transfer market over the last two years, we have no doubt Newcastle can unearth more gems – and hopefully some of those this summer.
And if a top player does leave, we should get top money for them.
That’s assuming we can get Demba Ba to sign a new deal - because we could lose him for peanuts under his current contract - and that’s got to be a big concern.
Newcastle have a new man on board in Steve Nixon, who has been appointed Head of Recruitment, and Alan mentioned that this morning:
“Steve Nixon has come in and will help us in the department. Other than that, the formula will stay the same.”
Newcastle will meet this week to discuss the transfer targets, and it looks to be the same familiar folks who will guide Newcastle’s transfer dealings this summer.
Alan talked about the group today:
“It’ll be myself, Graham Carr, Derek Llambias and Secretary Lee Charnley.” “We’ll more or less come to a conclusion between the budget, the money, the talent and the accessibility of the player.”
“The relationship I have here with my board is strong. If I can strengthen that I will.” “It is the most important relationship at any football club, trust me.”
But why wouldn’t Steve Nixon be involved in the transfer meetings?
We think Alan is trying to ready Newcastle fans that we may be losing a top player – we hope it doesn’t happen – but we think Alan knows that one or two clubs have come in for a top Newcastle player.
We’ll just have to brace ourselves – and if a player is sold let’s hope it’s like the Andy Carroll deal – which turned out to be just great for Newcastle – in retrospect.