Alan Pardew has given an exclusive interview to SportsDirect News, and the topic was on English players and how few of them we have in the Newcastle squad at the moment.
Alan Pardew – not worried about Nationality of the players
And Newcastle have brought in six Frenchmen this year with the likelihood that there could be a seventh in Bafe Gomis, if we can finally sign him from Lyon.
This is what Pardew said in his interview today:
“We all have to abide by the rules but the rules at the moment are not fixed so that we have to play English players, and that’s something, in my opinion, that could be looked at.”
“But at the moment that’s not the case.” “Therefore, you’re going to pick the best 11 that you have whatever creed or color they are. If they are eleven foreign players, then so be it.”
“Their nationality shouldn’t come into it, it certainly doesn’t come into my thinking. The only thing we do have in place is the youth rule on the squad that we have to keep a close eye on.”
“And we actually run quite a low group of English players at Newcastle and we need to strengthen that.” “If English players can’t make it in the Premier League, they can grow at Championship level and we’ve seen that happen,”
“Scott Sinclair had various loan spells in the Championship during his time as a Chelsea player and did well, then he played well in the Premier League and got a fantastic move to Manchester City.”
“I can think back to David Beckham being loaned from Manchester United to Preston North End, because he wasn’t able to get in the United team.”
“There’s a series of players who have gone out into the Championship and come back into the Premiership, so there’s always a platform for those players.”
“What we must be careful of is that we’re not carrying English players in Premier League squads who should be getting games.”
“I think there is a case to be looked at where international players are keeping them out of competitive action.”
Newcastle are starting to run short of English players, and we’ve lost three this summer – Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch, and we could lose Dan Gosling before September, although the former England U21 International has been playing really well in the last couple of games.
Mike Williamson is also another English player who could leave before September rolls around, but may be we can bring a 21 year-old Englishman in before the end of the transfer window – winger Tom Ince of Blackpool.
What do you think?
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