Now we have Demba Ba on board for the season, we certainly feel a little better with two great strikers up front for Newcastle in Cisse and Ba, and now we need at least three top senior players brought in this month to round out the squad, and the goal has to be to qualify for the Champions League, which seems the next step in Newcastle’s progression forward.
Alan Pardew – only topping up is necessary
It seems that Newcastle are still trying to bring three players through the door in Andy Carroll, Vurnon Anita and Mathieu Debuchy, but none of these deals appears to be easy ones to get completed, with Newcastle still trying to get really good deals, but the other clubs are now wise to Newcastle, given the great signings we have made over the last couple of seasons.
But it seems Alan Pardew is not too worried about the squad at the moment, since he feels top players were brought to the club last season, and the squad just needs a little topping up this summer.
This is what Alan told the Journal this morning:
“We’ve got the product now – it’s not like we need to make ground-breaking changes now like we did last year.”
“In my view we needed to make those changes last year. We’ve done them, we’ve done the major surgery that we needed to do and now the priority is something different.”
“It is about bringing in a little bit of quality to improve the squad.”
With Andy Carroll it will be very difficult to get him from Liverpool at the low fee Newcastle are willing to bid for him, especially after West Ham offered some daft money for him – money they haven’t got by the way.
And Newcastle are still short of the asking price for Mathieu Debuchy, and something should happen on that in the next few days, and with Vurnon Anita we think Sunderland will be willing to bid more than Newcastle for the player.
If the news is to be believed, we have also put in an improved bid for Douglas of FC Twente, but we’re not too sure of the character of this player, although we may be overplaying that a bit.
It would be very good to get at least one player through the door before the Den Haag game on Saturday afternoon, which has a 5:00 pm kick off.
What do you think?