Newcastle didn’t have a busy final day of the transfer window yesterday, and sent Xisco on his way to Spanish second division Cordoba, after terminating his contract by mutual agreement, and brought in promising 17 year-old Swiss center-back from Kevin Mbabu from Servette, and Kevin joins the Development squad.
Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley – did well last month
And apparently we had some inquiries about some of our top players yesterday – but they were all met by an emphatic no, according to manager Alan Pardew.
And we’ll have clubs coming after some of our top players in the summer too, and they will have a price on their heads – but think of Andy Carroll and £35M in cash up front – and that will be the level of fee placed on some of our top players like Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Davide Santon and others by owner Mike Ashley.
The top stars will be available but only at high transfer fees placed on them.
Mike made a fleeting visit to the training grounds yesterday to meet with all the new signings, and he also met with Managing Director Derek LLambias and manager Alan Pardew.
And Alan still says we have 14 Cup Finals left this season, and he is hoping that not only will Newcastle get away from the relegation zone – but move into a reasonable position in the Premier League.
Alan had this to say today:
“Mike Ashley has been very, very supportive.” “The results we’ve had this year have not been good enough for this club. We did need to strengthen and, fortunately for myself, it gives me an opportunity to turn the situation around.”
“We’ve really worked hard to get in this position and the job now is to ensure the team is strong enough between now and the end of the year, not to just secure our Premier League status but to hopefully do a little more than that, and give us real optimism for next season.”
“We want a second half of the season like Everton had last season. I think we have the potential to do that but we have to realise that potential.”
After the Reading defeat we were really worried about the situation at Newcastle, but four top players brought in over four days last week alleviated some of that concern, and the 2-1 win at Villa Park last Tuesday night is hopefully one of many wins we can get in our final 14 league games of the season.
Job one is to stay in the Premier League but it would be good and exciting too, if we can surge at the end of the season, and we should see just how high up the league table we can finish – but as long as it’s in 17th place or higher – we’ll be happy enough.
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