A frustrated Alan Pardew after the game yesterday admitted that Newcastle were again a relegation struggle, and would have to fight in every single game for points – circa 2009.
A forlorn Alan Pardew looks on yesterday
Newcastle’s strategy of the last few years seems to have blown up – and we;’re sure the idea was that a number of the Newcastle youngsters would come through – having had their chance in Europe – but that hasn’t happened and not one youngster has really come through big time for Newcastle.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“We need to get more big-game players who can handle the responsibility of wearing the Newcastle jersey.” “I never thought we would be in the position we were in today and we have to hold our hands up and say we should have bought more players.”
“We’ve been terribly unlucky, but we should have brought in one or two more players to give us cover.”“We’re paying the price now, but the window is open and it gives us an opportunity to strengthen.”
“It is important to spend during this month. It’s difficult to get transfers in this window but we’ll have to do everything possible.” “We’re not too big to go down and we’ve got to fight in every game now to get all the points we can.”
And maybe Newcastle should relax their policy of only burying younger players – because what we lack is experience when all the youngsters play – as we could see only too clearly yesterday.
There’s nothing wrong with signing a good 30 year-old player who has the experience, but we think the high wages they would want as potentially a fringe player, is one reason why Newcastle keep trying to bring in only younger players – under 26 – whose value will rise at Newcastle.
Another reason is how we’ve been ripped off so many times under Chairman Freddy Shepherd in the past, by former big name players coming to Newcastle for a last big pay-day – but we could have gone too far in the other direction.
Our new strategy doesn’t seem to have worked too well over the last few years – given where we find ourselves today – fighting relegation in our third season back in the Premier League.
What do you think?
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