One great thing about the transfer window is that Newcastle didn’t lose one of our top players to a bigger club, and also Demba Ba decided to stay on Tyneside, even though he could have picked up a bigger wage package if he had activated that now famous £7M release clause in his contract.
Alan Pardew - happy yo keep his players
Alan Pardew must have been relieved to have kept all his top players on Tyneside, even though the news this morning is that Ryan Taylor has indeed damaged his ACL in his right knee, and will be out at least six months. Ouch.
This is what Alan said in the local press today:
“I think keeping our best players makes a strong statement, from Mike in particular.” “He’s had a fair bit of criticism here for perhaps not investing in the club or not being fully focused or wanting to sell it and so on.”
“But if that’s the case why didn’t he cash in on one of the big hitters if he didn’t have some ambition to do well for the football club? I think he does, he shares a belief with myself that we’ve got it right here.”
“That the coaching staff are good enough, the manager and all the backroom staff are doing the best jobs they possibly can to get the maximum out of the players.” “That’s all we can do.”
It’s very good that Mike Ashley put £25M on the heads of both Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, but we’d have been happier if Newcastle had also brought in a center-back and a striker.
But with the Papiss Cisse signing in January, and Danny Guthrie being the only player we lost this summer we would have preferred to keep – and Vurnon Amnita was brought in to replace him – the squad is now probably stronger than it was last year at this time.
And we finished 5th last season, so we have a decent chance to have another excellent season on Tyneside, and do well in the Europa League to boot.
What do you think?
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