With our new French players this year now starting to perform very well in the side, there are a couple of things that seem to be happening at Newcastle – one is that the club may continue to find better value outside of England for their new recruits, and the second is that with no injuries and most players playing very well at Newcastle this season, we may not see any transfer activity at the club at all next month.
Alan Pardew– if there’s an opportunity we’ll go for it
At Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday he was asked about the transfer market opening up next month, and this is what he said:
“It would be foolish not to have targets, so there are a few people we are looking at.” “We are making a few phone calls just to see if they are staying until the summer or what their views may be.”
“Those are the sort of calls we are making.” “If we think there is an opportunity – and there can be in January at times – then we will grasp it; if not, we will not.”
“We have a good team, we have good back-up.” “We are stronger than we were two years ago, when we finished fifth, in terms of depth.”
“Whether the first eleven can achieve the same results throughout the season we will have to wait and see, but the signs are good and the players are playing terrifically well.”
“I think we can be strategic. If we think an opportunity arises, we will go for it. If it is something that appeals to us, great.” “Yet we are in a good position. I think the squad is stronger than the one which finished fifth.”
Certainly the situation this year is completely different from what it was a year ago, and it’s almost the polar opposite.
Last year at this time we had lots of injuries and were only just above the relegation zone, in fact we were in 15th place before the game at home to QPR on Saturday 22nd December – that’s 6th bottom – and we were short of fit players.
This year we are at the other end of the table and 6th top, and we have not one injury apart in the squad apart from the long term knee injury to Ryan Taylor.
We need another striker brought in during January, and if we can do that we should be OK through the rest of the season, and then we can strengthen further during the summer months.
But bringing no player in during January will still be a disappointment to most Geordie fans.
What do you think?
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