You cannot really accuse Newcastle fans of being optimistic at the moment, with the club seemingly struggling to bring any one of their top targets to the club, as we continually under-bid for players.
Alan Pardew – still expects the team to be stronger
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants new players brought in and Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and the manager himself have to somehow get some of our top targets through the door fairly soon.
It doesn’t look like we have much chance of getting German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga through the door now, as he has chosen to join Hamburg.
Although there’s a somewhat positive article in the Chronicle today – but the message there is if Hamburg implode – there seems some potential disagreements between a major investor and the General Manager at Hamburg – then we may still have a chance to sign him.
We don’t see that as particularly positive news on the Newcastle front.
And it seems our efforts to get Remy Cabella have yet to drag on a few more weeks, and we have no idea if we can get him to the club.
Bigger clubs than Newcastle are reported to be after another one of our midfield targets, Clement Grenier, so that will rule Newcastle out, if indeed clubs top clubs like Arsenal are genuinely interested in taking the French play-maker.
This is some of what Alan Pardew said yesterday in the local press and he at least seems to think we’ll have a stronger team next season:
¨I’m expecting the team to be much stronger.” “That will give our fans encouragement and optimism as it all became very negative towards the end.¨
“The key ingredient is optimism and that’s something we need to give back to our fans.”
There will be optimism among the fans if, and only if, we get some very good players into the club this summer, but if we continue to go after good players with measly and derisory bids, that may not happen.
And if that turns out to be the case, then the current displeasure among fans will only continue, and it could even grow worse.
That’s the truth.