Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has brought in five players this month – Mathieu Debuchy (Lille, £5.5M), Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux £1.8M), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier £6.5M), Massadio Haidara (Nancy, £2M), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse, £2M) – and that’s around £18M spent by the owner, and it’s an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – at the moment we are only 2 points above second bottom place in the league table.
Mathieu Debuchy – has played well in his two games for Magpies
It was also interesting that Mike Ashley was at the game a week last Saturday when once again Newcastle collapsed in the second half, after being comfortably ahead 1-0 in that game, and we ended up losing and handing Reading their first away win of the season.
It was also the first time Reading had not been beaten in eight visits to St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are at Villa Park tonight for another game against a team beneath us in the league, but the squad has now been significantly strengthened, and we’re hoping for a good result tonight.
Newcastle went for some of their long-term targets and ignored trusted Premier League players like Darren Bent and Gateshead born Danny Graham.
Alan Pardew says the players brought in show how much the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is committed to the club:
“The signings have shown Mike is committed to the club because you don’t sign players at that age if you’re not.” “If it was a short-term option he probably would have given me the signal to buy some older players to make sure we stayed in the division and if they were any good next year, it wouldn’t really matter.”
“His vision is much more long-term and that’s why we’ve bought these players. ” “They were well in the system and well along the road to being finalized before the window. But we’ve accelerated one or two.” “It might have cost Mike more money but we needed to do it.”
“It didn’t happen because of the Reading game but it was significant the owner was there that day. His reaction has been very strong.” “It was a watershed game. When I turn around at Aston Villa I’m going to see a much stronger bench. There’s been occasions when I’ve thought, “My team should be stronger than this”. “
“I don’t envisage that now. The challenge for me is to get the team there quickly.”
We know that Moussa Sissoko will start the game tonight, as will Mathieu Debuchy – but we’re not sure whether Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa or Yoan Gouffran will also start.
In any case we’ll have a much stronger bench tonight than we’ve had this season.
Hope we can get the much needed win.
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