The disaster scenario could happen tomorrow if Newcastle fail to sign a replacement for the departed Yohan Cabaye, and there is now less than 24 hours left in this January transfer window.
Alan Pardew – disappointed
This is what Alan said yesterday – and it was after the news had broken that Clement Grenier would not be arriving at Newcastle today:
“You can’t take a player out like Cabaye and say it is not going to weaken you.” “It’s disappointing to lose a player of that quality and it is going to weaken you unless you can replace him like for like – but whether we can do that, I don’t know.”
“You could argue I’ve built two teams since I’ve been here, and I’ll have to build another new one in the summer.” “Things turn over very quickly at Newcastle.”
“You have to keep a clear mind … and we need to make sure we spend Yohan’s money wisely. There’s no point buying someone for £6m if they’re not good enough.”
It may be that 22 year-old Serbian International Filip Duricic comes in today, and that would be good, but it looks like for the second time in three years Newcastle may have weakened the team in January, when a top player has been sold and not replaced.
If that does happen, we are not surprised that Alan Pardew would be disappointed – the fans will be furious.
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