And Pardew is certainly sounding upbeat after Newcastle signed their second player of the week last night – but it was striker Emmanuel Riviere of Monaco rather than Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord, but that still means wee have now signed five good players so far this summer, and that’s good.
Emmanuel Riviere with Alan Pardew at the Benton training grounds yesterday
This is what Alan told nufcTV after the signing:
“This is an important signing because we know that in the striking department, with Papiss Cisse injured, we needed to improve that area,”
“We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.” “Now we have an offensive line that will threaten the best Premier League sides with Emmanuel, Remy Cabella and Siem de Jong all on board.”
“And that is great because our first game of the season is Manchester City, so we need to be up and running straight away.”
“He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name,” “It is a different type of atmosphere here at Newcastle to what he experienced at Monaco, and that will excite him – it will lift him.”
“Emmanuel is still only a young player and has time to learn and improve, and hopefully can be a real star at this Club.”
These are the types of players Newcastle want to sign these days – young players who want to make a name for themselves in football.
And that’s what has happened recently but then when they have become bigger stars they leave the club, as has happened with Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy over the last 18 months.
But Graham Carr is showing again he can scout good young talent, and Newcastle under the leadership of new Managing Director Lee Charnley are showing they can get the targets through the door.
We now need to sign right back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord and we will be well on our way this summer.
Certainly there is an uplift in the mood at Newcastle – and that has to be good.
What do you think?
Written while on vacation in Heathrow, England.
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