Alan Pardew has as much as admitted that teams in the muddle of the table like West Ham., Norwich, Swansea and Southampton – to name just four -have strengthened their sides this summer, and certainly more than Newcastle have done, since we are still to sign a senior player permanently this summer.
Alan Pardew – other clubs have spent well
Joe Kinnear did sign Loic Remy from QPR on loan, and Newcastle did sign five French players in January, but we have never replaced Demba Ba – who was an unused substitute for Chelsea in yesterday’s 2-0 home win over Hull City – and will likely be at another club come September.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say today:
“I do think that two years ago, that middle rank of teams were not as good as they are now, and that makes it more difficult for us,” “We do need to step our game up to compete with the Southamptons and West Hams who have bought well.”
“Aston Villa progressed well towards the end of last season, and Swansea look good as well. These are teams in direct competition with us.” “We’ve been actively pursuing two or three players and we would still like to get one or two in,”
“We’ve taken Remy on loan from QPR, which we hadn’t done before (what does that mean?). The figures the top clubs are paying out are ridiculous.”
“I don’t see a lot of late business from us, but I do think we need another striker in. We need to make sure we get a sound backroom in terms of strikers.
“Adam Campbell we have loaned out to Carlisle so we might get him back later in the season, but in the short-term we need another striker.”
Swansea City have signed Wilfried Bony from Vitesse for £12M and he scored on his debut against Manchester United on Saturday, with a good opportunist goal in their 4-1 loss. The Welsh club have also signed Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool for £6M and Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng for £6M.
West Ham United have signed Andy Carroll for £15M and Stewart Downing for £6M, and Norwich City have brought in Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £8.5M from Sporting Lisbon, Leroy Fer from FC Twente for £7M,and Gary Hopper for £5M from Celtic, and some other very decent players too.
Southampton have signed Victor Wanyama from Celtic for £12.5M and Dejan Lovren from Lyon for £8.5M.
And Newcastle have signed Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, and even some of the Newcastle players have said they want to see more signings this summer.
Newcastle have been linked over the weekend with Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, who is 29 today, and Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian midfielder Willian, but the bidding seems to be at £30M for Willian, with Tottenham now interested – so there’s no way he will be coming to Newcastle.
So Alan Pardew probably has it right twhen he says the middle of the table clubs have strengthened their sides more than Newcastle this summer - and at the very least it can be said they have shown a lot more ambition than Newcastle - that’s what’s missing on Tyneside
And it begs the question what do Newcastle want to be when they grow up?
A middle of the table side has to be the wrong answer.
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