Alan Pardew looked confident as usual in his press conference for the upcoming Tottenham game yesterday, and he was obviously excited by the fantastic first week ahead with a home game against Tottenham, the Europa League game in Athens, and then Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a week come Saturday, and Alan said he was really looking forward to it – as no doubt Newcastle fans are too.
Alan Pardew – excited by new season and new challenge
Alan was first of all asked if he was pleased that Vurnon Anita was now through the door:
“It was pleasing. Ajax are a fantastic club and to take a player out of there is difficult, especially one of their better players.”
“So I thank Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner and the board for getting that over the line because we needed an extra player.”
“We might need another one yet, but for sure that has strengthened us.” “I wouldn’t mind it if the transfer window closes now – I’d be quite happy to keep all my players.”
“But if we manage to add another one that would be the icing on the cake really.”
Alan was then asked if it was still possible to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Little, as the French International has been a target for Newcastle all year, but Newcastle have had two bids rejected by the French club – this is how Alan replied:
“I think, like with all transfers this summer, no-one is going to say it’s over or done until September 1, when we all either have a deep sigh of relief – which I might do – or we are rubbing our hands together over what has been a great window.”
“For us, so far it has been a good one. We haven’t lost any of our great players and have brought in three or four, so so far, so good.” “I think keeping players is key to a club like ours, where we are vulnerable to the Champions League clubs and the salaries and fees they can pay.”
“But as I’ve said all along here, Mike Ashley and the board don’t sell cheap, so they would have to come and pay us a hell of a lot of money to take one of our players.”
Pardew then talked about some players who were not at the level of the other players at Newcastle yet, such as Ben Arfa, who will not play on Saturday, and Yohan Cabaye is a doubt because he is short of match practice, and Papiss Cisse finally trained yesterday so he may be okay to play, and Coloccini looks good after returning yesterday following Argentina’s 3-1 win against Germany in Frankfurt yesterday, but Colo didn’t get any playing time.
He also said that Newcastle will register Anita so he can play on Saturday and that he available, and it looks as if he will either start as a sub, or more likely be introduced in the second half, and we expect Anita to start the game in Athens on Thursday evening, and he will strengthen the side a lot for that important game.