Pardew Wants One More Player – Debuchy Still Possible

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Kyo

    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #1

    He’ll start against Spuds. Bigirimana will go to Athens.

  • Peter

    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #2

    it’s over the linee, it’s over the lineeeeee. Alan Pardew it’s over the line.
    Just something for Pardew and his catchphrase 😛

  • Sazzer

    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #3

    And club Photographer Ian Horrocks will be there like a goal referee with his camera even during medical!

  • Phillipe Alberts tash

    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Where’s all your dreads all gone, ohhhh a Anita! To the tune of Vienna (just an idea ;-))

  • mattyjg

    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #5

    What ever happened to the interest in Remy? Just seems to have disappeared

  • Alberts_tash

    Aug 17, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #6

    That name seems familiar…

  • Azza_Jones

    Aug 17, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Call me a negative pessimist but does anyone else think the Anita has been brought in as Tiote replacement??? I sincerly hope not but I will not sleep easy until Sept 1…Really hope we can get one or two more through the door. Hopefully another CB if only one!

  • Toon73

    Aug 17, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Can anyone answer this:

    Will we have a dedicated new strip for our Europa games? If so will we see it before next weeks game?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 17, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #9

    We can’t expect too much from Anita just yet. No doubt he will improve the team but he has only just arrived it’s quite a culture shock and every player takes transfers differently. He has barely trained along his new teammates. I think Pardew will introduce him late on in the second half.

  • Soni cazan

    Aug 17, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Not sure why he’s saying we only need one more as we have bid for strikers and centre backs this window so he’s obviously aware them positions need strengthening.think it may be a smokescreen.think the debuchy deak may not be dead.don’t think he may be bidding for another striker now and use papiss,demba and shola as main strikers and we will hopefully see adam campbell get a few cup and league games.

  • Soni cazan

    Aug 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #11


  • Ian Toon

    Aug 17, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #12

    So the people ITK ( The Sun) have Man U winning the Premiership
    and The Godfather has them winning the treble with talk of 1999.
    But what do they know? We’ll have to wait wait until Beattie25
    and TADS give us the benefit of their expertise. Do I hear Mick
    what’s his name disputing that- you remember the relative of Wendy Taylor and star of holy hollyoaks( yer right. Oh and this close season has been the hardest for him(!) – Good Morning Afghanistan .
    No this isn’t the sequel to The World According to Garp. Enough
    the sense of expectation and hairs standing up on the back of the neck.
    The Toon at SJP and an air of expectation.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 17, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper – good morning.

  • gaz 44

    Aug 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    this is how the league finishes..
    Man u
    man city

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Aug 17, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Debuchy will still come as I’m sure he wouldn’t want to go and sign for the Chavs of Chelsea.

    Don’t be surprised if big Andy is back last day of the window.

  • fungus44

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Antia is noti to replace tioie but gathrie as he has the number 8 shirt

  • wynsleap

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Thanking Ashley for allowing him to get Anita “over the line”?
    I’ve heard everything now. You sound like Uriah Heep.
    Go on Pardew why don’t you grow a pair and tell Ashley we need at least two more.
    Or are you THAT much under the thumb?


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