We could be wrong, but if Newcastle can get one more striker over the line this summer, and keep the players we already have, Newcastle’s squad should be the strongest since Bobby Robson was managing the club in his last season in charge from 2003-2004 – when we finished in 5th place.
Alan Pardew – right preparation so important
Alan Pardew thinks the squad is in good shape at the moment, as he had this to say in the local press:
“The point of pre-season is to work hard to really start the season well, and try to get the legs fresh for Manchester City, because at this time in pre-season you need to start and feel the ball, whilst at the same time still working hard.”
“I would say seasons are always different. Last year we didn’t expect to finish in that position, but we had the Europa League and that was the first time a lot of our players were involved in that competition and a league.”
“It was hard and something new for a lot of players but the good thing is we stayed in the Premier League and we have time to look forward to the new season, and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again.”
“To have the right preparation and to have all the group fit is key, because last year we started without some players and we finished without some.”
“We had to sign five players in January because we had a lot of players injured. We know in football injuries are going to happen so now the most important thing is to get everyone fit and make sure if somebody does get injured, someone else is ready to come in and do the same job, if not better.”
Here are some the reasons we think the Newcastle squad is very strong for next season:
- Newcastle have already signed six new players this year – all Frenchmen as it turns out and four of them Internationals
- We have finally replaced Demba Ba with Loic Remy – who was our number one striker choice in January
- Newcastle will have a lot less games next season with not being in Europe, and we have a bigger and better squad – the squad we had last season just couldn’t handle both leagues
- Hiring Performance Director Faye Downey as a fitness consultant should help reduce the injuries that decimated our smaller squad last season
It looks like Joe Kinnear wants one more striker and one more player brought in this summer, and if we can get Bafe Gomis, and either Scott Sinclair or Tom Ince, we’d probably even have to call this a successful transfer season, even though it hasn’t looked that way.
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