Alan Pardew has talked today about the club making an investment in the transfer window this summer, the fact we have some good young players coming through the youth system, and that he is glad to be back on the sidelines after serving a seven match ban, during which time Newcastle took only three points with one win and six defeats.
Alan Pardew in the stands with Lee Charnley
This is what Alan Pardew has said:
“We have investment in the summer that we can make and we’re going to make it” “There’s an assumption that we’re not going to sign players but that’s definitely not the case.”
“And I want to make that point strongly.” “But the truth of it is that in two or three years’ time, we’ve got six or seven kids here who are going to make an impact.”
“It’s been tough being away from my team.” “It was a real punishment. I’m not saying I agree with all the punishment but I accepted it.”
“I had said I would look at whether I’m best watching from the stand but I’ll go back to the dug-out.” “And I’ll be better on the sidelines than I have been.”
“The players are all very much aware they have to finish the season strongly not just for their individual ambitions but for Newcastle.” “We need to get at least one big result before the end of the season.”
A big result these days is a win – or at least anything but a defeat – since after tonight’s game we could have suffered six losses on the trot. 🙁
We’ve been told for the last six years that we have some good players coming through the Youth Academy, but one of the things that let us down last season was when the youngsters were given their chance, and they couldn’t get the job done.
So it’s not surprising there’s some skepticism there about the young lads coming through at the club, and we haven’t had one young player come through the ranks to be a regular starter at the club, in the last seven years under owner Mike Ashley.
We do think we are going to have a good transfer window this summer, but it could be we don’t get too many of our number one targets, but this is certainly a vital transfer window for the club, and we need to bring in at least six very good players over the summer months.
If we don’t do that we could well have a very tough season next time around.