It’s obvious that because of the poor showing of our youngsters and fringe payers this season, Newcastle will have a clear-out of some players in the summer, and we could see some lads like Mehdi Abeid and Romain Amalfitano leave, if clubs come in for them.
Mehdi Abeid – in danger of being shipped out in the summer
News today in the Journal that Mike Ashley has created a transfer fund for up to 10 players to be brought into the club by next September, and that includes players who will be brough in during January.
And the recruitment seems to already be in full swing with news last night that Newcastle are keen on Valenciennes left-back Gaetan Bong and we’ve also been linked with Bastia striker Florian Thauvin.
This is what Newcastle tried to do several times in the past, and we had a clear-out of some of our youngsters from the Academy last summer, because they were simply not good enough – but it seems the difference this time around is that Mike Ashley has made a transfer fund available to bring in the new players.
We’d love to know how big that fund is because it includes first team players and younger players too.
And the Newcastle delegation to France last week was linked to this new initiative, as Newcastle just don’t have the players to step up to the plate when our stars are out injured – and it seems Newcastle have over-rated the youngsters, and we are paying for that now.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“It’s frustrating the teams I’ve been able to put out because I didn’t envisage we would be putting these types of teams out.” “I thought they would be stronger. The players who should have developed from the Under-21s, I can’t even begin to explain the frustration.”
“The frustration of our fans, the trust we built up last season, has started to erode away and we need to repair that over the second half of the season. For me it’s been very frustrating.” “My mentality towards it is to make sure everybody is doing their jobs 100%, keeping on top of my stuff, trying to lift my players and kick a couple of them up the bum in terms of the responsibility they have here.”
“Particularly one or two of the younger players, the work ethic needs to improve and they need to improve as individuals. Those younger players have not produced what I wanted them to produce so they’re going to have to work harder or they are going to have to leave this football club.”
“We’re going to have some tough decisions in the summer.” “We’ve got 17 games and at least two in the Europa League to go. I’ll have a lot of questions answered about what I think is under the first team here, because at the moment, what has been under the first team at the moment hasn’t produced as I hoped it would.”
Newcastle have taken a backward step this season, there’s no doubt about that, and we just have to hope we can do well over the final 17 games of the season – and every game will be a chance for 3 points and we may just be able to save our season.
The goal at least has to be to finish in the top 10 – and right now we are 9 points behind Stoke City, who are currently in 10th position.
A top half finish would be decent enough – given what’s happened this season.
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