Alan Pardew has been talking to the local press today and he has been adamant and even a little defiant, that the club is sticking by its decision not to bring in too many new recruits in the summer, even though we are already being hit by injury to some of our top players.
Alan Pardew - thumbs up on Newcastle’s transfer business
Of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and now we’ll have to wait and see how well the players perform, who come into the side in place of the likes of Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini and Ryan Taylor, who are all out injured at the moment.
And it seems that Alan Pardew had hoped to use 17 year-old local lad Remi Streete in the side at some point this season, but the youngster is out injured at the moment.
This is what Alan said today:
“Now with Streete, I was hoping we would steer clear of injuries for the next two or three months because he isn’t quite ready yet. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened because Colo has been injured, but it’s only a short-term injury and we’ve got other players and that’s what they’re paid for – to come and play at this level.”
“You have to look at a football club as a whole and there has to be a route to the first team otherwise you’re not going to progress as a club. I’ve opened up the route, especially with the Europa League, and told them ‘Come and take your chance’.”
“This year I think is a year for the younger players to break through. Now, if they don’t break through, I might take a different policy next year, but it is a great opportunity to break through with all the games we’ve got.”
“But the Fergusons, the Ameobis, the Vuckics, Rob Elliot, Remie Streete, Tavernier – they’ve got to make their move, this is the year to make it.”
Alan could play a number of youngsters at Goodison Park on Monday, but it looks like he will not do that, and instead field a young side for the trip to Maritimo on Thursday evening in the first group game of the Europe League, and we’ll get some idea of how well the side can do in Europe this season.
We have to hope that we can progress out of the group stages of that competition, even though we will not be fielding our strongest side, which is being kept for the Premier League games this season.
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