The Evening Chronicle today are putting a slightly different twist on the Debuchy news of last night, and they are saying we thought we had agreed both a fee and personal terms with Lille last week for right back Mathieu Debuchy, until the French club this week began to back away from the deal.
Alan Pardew - has better squad now than last year at this time
We may never know what exactly has happened, but one thing is clear, and that is the transfer window does not have too long to run, and it’s good that Newcastle have not lost any of their senior players this summer.
The staying of Demba Ba on Tyneside has been a big boost this week, but new players still have to arrive to fortify the squad further.
It’s not like we cannot wait for new players coming through the door, even if they now arrive in late August, because the acquisitions of Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good have all been good signings, and the first two have looked good, very good, in pre-season.
Newcastle have lost players like Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith, and this is the current situation on the ins and outs at Newcastle this summer, and we are currently up about £3.6M.
|Alan Smith||MK Dons||Free||Out|
|Tamas Kadar||Roda JC||Free||Out|
|Leon Best||Blackburn Rovers||£3M||Out|
|Gael Bigirimana||Coventry City||£1M||In|
|Curtis Good||Melbourne Heart||£0.4M||In|
We were very sorry to hear of Leon’s ACL injury, and that’s a very difficult injury to recover from – and we hope the new Blackburn player has a good recovery.
And as an aside – our inside information on the Messi deal is we are still trying to make the deal, but Barca are playing hard ball, much like Lille with Debuchy.
The three excellent youngsters Newcastle have brought in, plus the coming through of youngsters already at the club, like James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic show that Newcastle have a better squad than they started with last August – so that cannot be too bad.
It’s very frustrating that Newcastle haven’t yet brought in some additional senior players this summer, that’s true, but the squad still looks better than it was at this time last year, and we didn’t do too bad last season did we?
It’s good to keep things in perspective.