Newcastle face a moment of truth tomorrow against QPR – or should we say a game of truth – because if Newcastle cannot get a win against QPR, who have 10 points in the league – then who can we beat at the moment?
Alan Pardew – I need two new players in
We thought Alan Pardew seemed to be holding up well to the pressure that six defeats in seven league games brings to a Newcastle manager, at his press conference yesterday – and it’s the worst run in Newcastle’s 19 year Premier League history – and today he has come out and said he has asked owner Mike Ashley for some new players in the January transfer window.
This is what Alan Pardew said:
“I need a couple of players and if you think I am not asking for them, then you are seriously mistaken.” “I need a couple of players, I think, in this group, and maybe even three. Whether we can get them across the line on a financial front remains to be seen.”
“Mike openly would say that in the summer, we should have bought another player, he would actually argue that himself.” “A win tomorrow would ease my burden.” “I don’t want to be Newcastle manager and lose, I don’t like it.”
“The fans are hurting, but no more so than me and the players, QPR have got some momentum, and that’s very important in the Premier League. It’s something we have been searching for.”
“But they are still coming to Newcastle and we are in decent form in terms of some of our play. We just need to have a little bit more resilience to stop conceding goals and I think we will get results.”
It’s a big game tomorrow and Alan has also said that the owner has been receptive to his pleas for new players, and today Sky Bet stopped all betting on Loic Remy – as he seems set to come to Newcastle – although some reports are claiming he is holding out for Tottenham to come in for him.
Getting Loic on board would be a good and early first step for Newcastle, but we need at least one and probably two more players in during January, and if our results don’t improve we could see a total of three new players arriving before February.
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