It’s hard to know exactly what to make of the current situation on transfers at Newcastle, with our exploits so far this summer yielding nothing, zilch, in terms of senior players coming through the door.
Alan Pardew – we’ll have a great squad
Newcastle have tried to bring Mathieu Debuchy, Douglas, Vurnon Anita and Andy Carroll to Newcastle this summer, but so far have come up with nothing to show for the efforts, although there were reports in the Dutch press last night that Newcastle could sign Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita by Friday, but how true that is we have no idea.
Alan Pardew had hoped to have brought in one and maybe even two players last week, but nothing materialized, and his word to Newcastle fans is to keep patient.
Romain Amalfitano, Curtis Good and Gael Bigirimana have all been excellent signings, and we paid just less than about £1.5M for the three of them, and that has to look very good value for money, having now seen all three of them play.
But we think Newcastle’s squad is stronger than it was this time last year, with youngsters like James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling all having improved from last year, and we also have the three new recruits to further fortify the squad.
This is what Alan had to say in the Shields Gazette today:
“My message would just to be patient,” “We’ve got a great side, and a great underbelly to the team.” “If we add one or two, or even three, we’ll have a great squad.”
The transfer window runs out three weeks come Monday, and if we can get a full back, center-back and striker through the door by then, we should be in great shape, as Alan says, and then we’ll find out if we have improved from last season, once the new term gets underway.