In the two polls we are running 47% of readers think the Newcastle squad is stronger than it was last year at this time, even though 74% of fans are dissatisfied with the summer transfer window, and would presumably have liked to see more players brought to Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – squad is stronger than last year
Newcastle spent a net £3M in the transfer market and brought in four very good signings in Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimnana, Curtis Good and Vurnon Anita, but only Vurnon Anita is a player who can immediately challenge for a first team place, and that’s not too many – one.
When asked if Newcastle were weaker than they were last year at this time, Alan Pardew had this to say in the Sunday Sun today:
“I do disagree with that.” “I think it has got stronger. What we will know in nine months time is if the experience we gained last season was beneficial. If we use the confidence and experience we gained last season we are going to be stronger.”
“And we are going to need to be.” “We have put in Vurnon Anita who I think is going to be a big player for us. He gives us a load more options. He can play full-back and give us several different midfield options.”
It seemed a good opportunity in the summer to bring in players like Douglas, Debuchy and a young striker.
And Newcastle could have done that for around £12M, but for whatever reason Newcastle backed off on the Debuchy and Douglas deals.
And we think we know the reason, Newcastle would not meet the fee their clubs wanted for them, and that’s not a new occurrence at Newcastle.
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