It’s probably worth it, now that the transfer window is finally over, what a pain that was, to see how our squad now compares with the one we had last year at this time, when we had already qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, and had an extra six games to play before the end of the year.
Alan Pardew – does he now have a stronger squad than last year?
We had brought in Vurnon Anita last summer, who is now looking a very decent player in central midfield, and young Gael Bigirimana, who is still a top young talent and now an England U20 International.
Here are the players who have arrived since last September”
Loic Remy – on a season long loan
And these are the players we have lost, one in Jnauary and three this summer:
So that’s basically the players who have moved out and the ones who have moved in – and that;s the comparison.
The big difference of course with the two sets of players is on the Premier League experience, and our five new players brought in from France in January had no PL experience at all, and some of them struggled when Newcastle were fighting relegation.
But their experience in the last few months of the season should stand them in good stead for this coming season.
But if you look at it that way our squad is stronger than it was a year ago, and of coorse we will have lees games, and with Performance Director Faye Downey now overseeing things from a fitness perspective, we are hoping we will get less injuries.
We have brought in Loic Remy for Demba Ba and Loic was our number one choice to replace Ba in January but we didn’t get him then, and he is not the proven goalscorer in England yet that Demba Ba was – which is why we would have liked to have brought in say Bafe Gomis from Lyon.
Demba Ba is still at Chelsea, and we cannot see him getting many games under Jose Mourinho, and he may try to move again in January, and we could even go in for Bafe Gomis in January too.
But when you look at the players who have left since last Septmber and the ones we have brought in this year – six Frenchmen – four of them Internationals, we still think the squad is stronger now, although still a little light up front.
What do you think?
You notice I’ve cut out the “not sure” category to force a decision from readers one way or the other.
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