With all the negativity surrounding Newcastle United and Alan Pardew this year and at the moment, there is a path that Newcastle can take that could have the Newcastle fans (even) happy at this time next year.
Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew
Key men in this summer’s transfer window
Newcastle have to have a very good transfer window this summer, that’s a given, and here are some of the positive things that Newcastle can do this summer:
- Have a clear-out of the fringe players that don’t have a future at the club – like Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez and some of the younger players like James Tavernier and Conor Newton (just two examples) who will not make it at the club.
- Bring in up to six good new players before the World Cup starts on June 12th, and then augment those (top) players with other good signings towards the end of August – when most of the signings are completed.
- Get early signings in within the next week or two – that’s of paramount importance to get the fans back on a positive tack – which is still possible.
- With the early signings the new players will be able to get more quickly acclimatized to how Newcastle play, and will have a full pre-season before the league starts up again in August – which is always good.
- Look for some loan signings to augment the squad – and certainly teams like Everton had success last season by getting some top players in on loan for the season.
- If Ben Arfa is sold he must be replaced with a creative flair player or players – but we’d still like to see Ben Arfa at Newcastle in September and maybe Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa can even mend their broken relationship – but maybe not.
- Alan Pardew should release a personal statement about what he will try to accomplish for the club next season, and that he will do his very best to get Newcastle back to where we were two years ago,.
The danger is that if negativity (and even hate) towards Pardew continues through the start of next season, that could really negatively impact the team.
- Newcastle must get off to a good start in the league, and after 10 league games we must be in the top eight in the league table – at the very least.
Most of that is what Newcastle have said they will try to do – like early signings as one example.
And we may be wrong on this – but we have great faith in new Managing Director Lee Charnley to produce the goods in this upcoming transfer window, with the help of Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and Finance Director John Irving.
The bottom line is Newcastle must have a good (great) transfer window in the summer as the first step.
What do you think needs to be done?