In his press conference yesterday, Alan Pardew did talk about what Newcastle have done in the transfer market since he has been in charge at Newcastle for just over three years now.
Alan Pardew – we’ve done absolutely terrific
Alan was talking about what he needs to do as he is essentially the coach at Newcastle these days, rather than have the duties of former managers in England, and he had this to say when mentioning how the club had done in the transfer market:
“When you look at our record (in the transfer market) you have to say it’s terrific, absolutely terrific what we’ve spent, and when you look at what the other clubs in this division and what they’ve spent, we have done very very well and will continue to do so.”
The truth is Newcastle have done well with some of the players they have brought in for the money spent – and most of that is due to Chief Scout Graham Carr.
But the transfers in of players like Cheick Tiote (£3.5M), Yohan Cabaye (£4.2M), Demba Ba (free), Sylvain Marveaux (free), and Davide Santon (£5M) have all been good buys, and we’ve made around £23M in profit on the sale of Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye in the last two January transfer windows.
But there’s the trouble at Newcastle under Mike Ashley, because with so little ambition the club, our top players will always want to leave, and it’s been true with Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye, and will be true of Loic Remy this summer.
And the other thing – as we again proved last week – is that Ashley refuses to pay even one or two million over the odds to get a good player into the club, and that has cost Newcastle some good players in the last few years, and it also was responsible last week for Yohan Cabaye not being replaced.
That’s the really sad part for the fans of Newcastle United these days.
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