Disappointment Could Await Newcastle Fans


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.

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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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15 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Would anyone be that surprised if no one came in???

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  • AaranD

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Currently the team could finish top 8, one or two injuries to key players could change all that. Need to bolster the squad with a striker, winger at the very least and a youngish CAM.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Not much to say on this. I half expect a good signing, just one at 5-6 mil.

    On the Europa thing. In the UK it is often derided but not so in the rest of Europe. I bet some of you here would rather win the League Cup than the Europa (confess!). It is an important competition, it is showcased on TV worldwide, it helps attract key players (e.g see Athletico Madrid). I prefer the idea of a cup winners cup, but this is something to aim for as well.

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  • shanghai fan

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I think what he said is fair enough (From a manager point of view). He’s not going to say we’re desperate for players, that would be signaling and be in the advantage of selling club. He’s just saying we’re happy to move but also happy not to move. I think seeing ma’s strategy over the time, has worked. We’ve had success in the transfer market-cabaye, tiote etc, and we’ve shown we won’t be taken for mugs-gomis and Cisse. And in cisses case, we got a good price and price wise, going the same for gomis. Am really happy with our transfers compared with the past. Used to waste so much money on players like luque

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  • AaranD

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Atletico are a good club to look at for the whole Europa thing, yeah Atletico were a great side early 90’s but been lacking till recently.
    They have been constants in the Europa for a few years and built a good side. Though been blessed with outstanding strikers Torres, Aguero, Villa, Costa (a little crazy to be honest).

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  • AaranD

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    And Falcao as well…

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Well that’s our expectations nicely managed again.
    Expect nothing and we won’t be disappointed.

    Everyone should change their season ticket direct debit to zero too. Ashley clears 1.5-2M every home game but won’t spend. It’s criminal.

    Ashley Out!

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  • martoon

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    cyprus @3 – One of the reasons the UEFA cup is not taken seriously here is because of the CL clubs that drop into the competition at this stage. Nobody can see the logic of that – when you are knocked out of a cup competition you are out – end of.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Porto, Fiorentina, lazio, sevilla all take the Europa league seriously.

    all about mindset.

    Pardew slanders Europa just to deflect

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  • Kris

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    If we can keep holding on our players, I would be very happy if we could get a striker in.

    For me can Shane Long do a job. He isnt world class, but he runs a lot and could fit in our team. For me would it be awsome if we could get Javier Hernandez over the line.

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    (Repost) Now I haven’t ever done this before but Ed, you used these exact same quotes yesterday in an article (previous thread but also some of these quotes) This sort of thing is happening ever more frequently and it’s lowering the validity of this site in my opinion. We don’t need 10 articles a day of poor and rushed quality, 5 with more time spent on them and maybe some proof reading and a quick check to see whether or not you’ve already covered it would be a step in the right direction.
    This isn’t a slight at your effort at all I appreciate this blog as much as any other and read it daily but I’m finding it increasingly frustrating to be reading the same vague threads over again. Just a bit of constructive criticism.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Pardew’s covering for Ashley on Europe.

    I’m sure Pardew would love to be in Europe with a squad to cope. Ashley won’t buy the 3-4 extra players we’d need to compete both domestically and in Europe.

    So Pardew’s negative attitude to Europe is because Ashley is a tightwad.

    It used to be so much fun supporting NUFC.
    Get out of our club!

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  • bobby mango

    Dec 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    If we could swap Cisse for a striker that can hold the ball up, get involved in play and chip in with a few goals I would be delighted. Even if it’s De Jong on a loan, with option to buy.

    Other than that I don’t think other ‘purples’ could be justified. We’ve got the strongest bench I’ve seen for years.

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  • lesh

    Dec 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Hatem’s better than Messi @7

    Here we go with the Ashley out malarky. Ashley clears not a penny from any home gain. Receipts from season tickets etc are revenue earned by Newcastle United, the body corporate which happens to be owned by Ashley.

    Hatem’s better than Messi, there is a difference!

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    I have no problems with what he’s b saying. sensible stuff – but I’d be surprised if he’s not after a striker.

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