Most logical people would say that Newcastle did not bring in enough new players in during the summer to fortify the Newcastle squad, before our first foray into Europe since the 2006-2007 season, with only one new senior player arriving on Tyneside was Dutch International midfielder come full-back – Vurnon Anita.
Vurnon Anita - the one senior signing in the summer
With Newcastle currently having nine players out injured - Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan Shola Ameobi and young 17 year-old Adam Campbell – Newcastle are currently looking at what they want to do in the upcoming January transfer window.
And for the first time, Alan Pardew has said the club may not have brought in enough players during the summer transfer window:
“We have been unlucky, but we are in the process of analyzing whether we under-cooked it, and that’s what we should do. It would be silly not to.”
A little hint to Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board – the answer is probably yes – and we did undercook it – we just didn’t bring in enough new players – and that was poor planning by the Newcastle Board – plain and simple.
And we are hoping that Newcastle will correct that mistake at their first opportunity – in January – because we hardly want to be in another relegation scrap this season (it’s interesting that I missed the initial s out when I first wrote scrap), we had enough of all of that stuff four years ago.
And we cannot think that Mike Ashley wants to miss out on the big money the PL clubs will start making starting next season with the new TV deal starting for three years, which is a 70% increase on the one that expires this season.
Mike needs to give Alan Pardew the requisite money to spend wisely, and it would be good if we can bring in three or four good players in January – if they are available.
What do you think?
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