The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was interviewed yesterday, before the 0-0 draw at Den Haag last night, and he thinks the transfer market has been good for Newcastle so far, because we haven’t lost any of our top players yet, and are unlikely to do so.
Alan Pardew – still confident on transfer front
It’s now 13 days (unlucky for some) until Newcastle kick of their season in the Premier League with a tough home game against Tottenham Hotspur, who have a new manager in former Chelsea and Porto boss André Villas-Boas.
It seems that Newcastle are still interested in bringing Mathieu Debuchy in from Lille, but Andy Carroll would appear to be too expensive, and of course Ajax have offered Newcastle target Vurnon Anita a new deal to stay at the Dutch Champions.
But there seems no panic going on at Newcastle with no senior players through the door yet, as Alan had this to say yesterday:
“I don’t know if not signing anyone is bad news.” “I would say that bad news is losing a player, especially one of our top players and I do believe we are pretty strong in terms of that not happening.”
“We are in a situation wherein we can hold off any offers that come our way.” “But if we get players in then great. I do need a couple of players, maybe three.”
“However, I am very comfortable about going into our first game without any. If, to get a deal done, we need to show patience then that’s what we will do.” “It’s better to be patient with the ones that you want, rather than going down the list a little bit.”
“I think I have a pretty strong idea what my strongest team is at the moment. But that can change.” “I had got another look at the players against Den Haag and now we have Hartlepool on Tuesday night and then onto Cardiff on Saturday.”
“That will be our last game before we play Tottenham.” “These final three games of pre-season will help finalize my mind.”
Alan seems to have a good idea what his starting eleven will be against Tottenham, and it was interesting last night that Ryan Taylor was at right-back instead of Danny Simpson, and we think Danny will be on his way as soon as a new right back comes in.
Until that right back arrives, Ryan has a chance to start in the first team at right back, and of course he brings a lot to the team, and his corners in yesterday’s game were first class, and set up a few chances for Newcastle.
The other player Newcastle have been linked with is Brazilian center-back Douglas of FC Twente, but we have no idea what the current status of that potential deal is.
But it’s still possible for the Magpies to bring in three top players this summer, and we should probably judge our transfer dealings when the window closes on Monday, September 2nd.
There’s still time for it to be another good summer for Newcastle.