From what Alan Pardew has said today, it doesn’t look like there will be any new signings before the transfer window slams shut at 11:00 pm on Friday night, and that’s a little disappointing.
Gael Bigirimana – could become great player at Newcastle
Newcastle kept around 15 clean sheets in the league last season, so on that stat there’s nothing wrong with our defense, but we also were hammered 5-0 at Spurs and 4-0 at Wigan, and at times it seems the Newcastle team doesn’t turn up.
We would have liked to have seen a couple of defenders brought in, to increase the competition at the back, but we seem to be very well placed for midfield players, so there’s no problem there – and we have brought in Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Good and Anita – four excellent young players.
But we are short of strikers, and we hope Newcastle can get in another striker before Saturday, but if you listen to Alan Pardew today, he doesn’t seem too hopeful:
“We’re watching the market.” “We know the one’s we’re watching. If there’s any movement on them, we may trigger ourselves.” “But the targets we have seem secure at their clubs.”
And sicne there have been reports that Newcastle are still hoping to bring Andy Carroll back to Newcastle, he was asked is it was still a possiblity:
“Not as far as I’m aware.”
So that doesn’t sound very positive.
However, don’t get me wrong, Newcastle can still do very well and we have to hope that youngsters like Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good, Haris Vuckic, Adam Campbell and Mehdi Abeid can come through and press for a first team place.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that at least three of those youngsters could do that in the coming season, and then we’ll be in good shape.
It was a chance to strengthen the side with some new players in the summer, but if we don’t get anybody in, it’s not the end of the world.
Newcastle can still do very well this season – no doubt about that.
What do you think?