In the poll we ran at the end of the summer transfer window, 76% of our readers were not satisfied with the transfer window, in which Newcastle essentially brought in one first team player – Vurnon Anita from Ajax for £6.6M
Alan Pardew – Premier League is number one priority again
Here’s the results of that poll and you can still vote if you haven’t already done so.
Vurnon has looked very good and he’s versatile too, and can play in multiple positions, and the lad looks like another great buy for the club.
But reading through the comments of readers, most would have liked more players coming through the door, like maybe a couple of defenders and another striker.
We are currently a little light up front, with only three experienced strikers and one of them, Shola Ameobi, has proved himself to be very injury prone throughout his career at Newcastle, and he has so far been out all season with another hamstring problem.
And with the mediocre start to the season and injuries to Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini, our squad seems already under pressure, and we have 7 games coming up in 20 days starting next Monday at Goodison Park, which will further test the squad.
But Alan Pardew was upbeat this morning as he had this to say to the local press:
“We did most of our work in the transfer market last summer. That was the important period for this football club because it was either going to take us forward or take us backwards.”
“Fortunately we made the right selections and it took us forward, and then we have secured the top players as well.” “You could argue that it was probably better than we might have imagined, so to secure them again was great.”
“You have to look at six-month segments in this football world now. It goes from window to window and so from now until January we are stable again – and hopefully we can fend off our rivals or the bigger clubs in the next window so that we get to the next period.”
“I am looking forward to working with the players on the training ground. It is important for the development of the club seeing that the big players are still here and the younger players can learn off them all the time.”
Alan has always made it clear that the Premier League is the number one priority, and that’s presumably because there’s more money to be made in that competition, and of course it leads into Europe if we can finish high enough in the league table, which we did last season.
But fielding weakened sides in the two local cups and in the Europa League will make it difficult to make progress in them.
And we’ve seen mediocre teams like Birmingham City two seasons ago win the League Cup – now called the Capital One Cup – by essentially fielding their strongest side in that competition, while most other Premier League clubs don’t.
Maybe one strategy for Newcastle is to take a cup – the Capital One Cup is the easiest – and field our strongest side – and see if we can win something this season, for the first time in 44 years, and get that monkey off our backs.
It would be worth a shot, and last year at this time Alan was talking about trying to win something for the club – but we don’t hear that from him nowadays.
What do you think?
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