After the disappointment of missing out on one of our top three striker targets this summer – Darren Bent has today gone to Fulham on a season long loan deal – Alan Pardew is still hopeful of getting two more players through the door before the transfer window slams shut on Monday, September 2nd – a short 17 days away.
Alan Pardew – wants two more players this summer
But it seems at least manager Alan Pardew wants to sign some additional players this summer, and this is what he told the local press today:
“We’ve been actively pursuing two or three players.” “And we’re still looking to get one or two more transfers in.” “But we’ve got a good squad, and we’re in good fettle.”
We may be in fine fettle, but we are still short of striking power up front, and that was our big weakness in the second half of last season, when Demba Ba left and was not replaced in January.
So Newcastle must bring in one more top striker to join Loic Remy on Tyneside – that’s an absolute necessity, and then maybe we can get another player through the door, but who that may be we have no idea.
And on BBC Radio Alan Pardew also made the following comment, which is just a little bit worrying:
“I don’t see a lot of late business for us, but I do think we need to get another striker in.”
So maybe the best Newcastle fans can expect this summer is one more striker brought in – and that’s got to be the absolute minimum requirement.
But Newcastle must do some transfer business in the next 17 days, otherwise this window will be as bad as last summer’s, when we brought in only one senior signing – Vurnon Anita.
And we paid for that big time last season, and the club had to bring in five new Frenchmen in January, and that’s really what saved us from relegation – if the truth be told.
If we do the same thing this summer, then that opens it up for Newcastle to have another mediocre season, or even another poor season – and the very last thing we want this season is to be fighting relegation again.
I suppose we’ll be satisfied if we can get one more good striker through the door in the next 17 days – we’ll have to be.
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