Pardew – I Am Hoping We Get Stronger Squad By February

It was a very disappointing result and performance by a young Newcastle side last night in Bordeaux, with the French side dominant throughout,  and it was the first time Bordeaux had beaten an English side in Europe in their 10th attempt, having lost seven of those previous games.

Bordeaux players celebrate Cheick Diabate goal

And it’s very obvious that Newcastle do not have the  strength in depth necessary to compete effectively in Europe and the Premier League, and it seems that Alan Pardew is determined to add new players to his squad in January, as he had this to say after last night’s game:

“We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare.” “I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn’t qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.”

“It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.” “But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.”

“I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.”

We really do hope that Newcastle are working feverishly behind the scenes to strengthen the squad in January, and with Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor both likely to be fit when the Europa League continues in February – we should have a much stronger squad by then – we hope we have a much stronger squad by then. 😀

But this was a poor performance from a Newcastle side last night, there’s no doubt about it – and we need to do better – a lot better.

What do you think?

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5 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 7, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Back o’ the bus Pards, back o’ the bus.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 7, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Amalfi couldn’t get into that side……Gor blimey guv’nor, it’s official……. Pards don’t trust frenchie.

  • Tubai

    Dec 7, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I really don’t think players like sammy ameobi deserve a first team place, this lad doesn’t have a final pass just knows to run with the ball. Shane ferguson was dispossed too easily when he was on the ball.I think pardew should loan them out as he said and look to get a stronger squad of players come february.

  • Sav

    Dec 7, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Clear signal from Pards by openly criticising the experience of his young-uns that Mashley needs to get his wad out. This is as close as Pards is likely to come to storming any barricades after the golden handcuffs of an 8-year deal (which is still a lot cheaper than actually buying one decent player). If Pards is prepared to accept that his boss and his stooge are still completing their football education, he is clearly signalling ‘buy some players and fast.’

  • numba9

    Dec 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5

    HOPING??? you should be knocking the chuckle brothers door down demanding we sign the much needed defenders and striker we need! but then again it wont suprise me if you dont as that is why you are employed.


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