This summer is turning out to be a very good transfer window for Newcastle United, and we have already signed six good players, but there’s still work to do before September rolls around, and Alan Pardew has admitted that today.
Alan Pardew – still work to do
Newcastle have signed Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Daryl Janmaat so far this summer.
But there is still work to do on two fronts – one is that we still need to strengthen some positions in the squad, and the second is there are a number of players who have to be moved out of the club this summer.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette today:
“We had to be patient after the Cabaye sale,” “We couldn’t get it in that window, which was unfortunate. It made us finish without an offensive source.”
“We’ve tried to spread the net a little bit and spread a little bit more quality around the team. It’s a combination of a lot of work.”
“We still have a bit of work to do,” “At the moment we’ve got a healthy squad, which we’re looking to increase.”
In the last two seasons we have conceded 68 goals a year ago – which is the most goals we have ever conceded in the Premier League – and last season we conceded 59 goals – and that’s not a good record for the defense.
And with Yanga-Mbiwa likely leaving the club this summer, we need to sign another center back, and there are two 20 year-old center-backs we have been linked with this summer.
They are Sporting Lisbon’s England born defender Eric Dier, and Lyon’s French U21 center-back Samuel Umtiti at Lyon, and both of them are now starters at their respective clubs – and either one of them would be a good signing by Newcastle.
And Newcastle still haven’t replaced Yohan Cabaye with a creative midfield player, and there was news yesterday that Newcastle had put in an improved bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier – who would be a terrific signing for us – if Newcastle will pay out the money to get this talented 23 year-old on board.
And of course we still need two strikers brought in, and we have missed out on a number of our striker targets this summer, and news yesterday that Loic Remy was close to signing a five year deal at Liverpool.
And then Newcastle have quite a few players to move out, and it’s looking ominous for those players who are not on the plane to New Zealand, and they include Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez and Shane Ferguson.
And as we mentioned Yanga-Mbiwa is also available this summer.
Those six players will likely not be at Newcastle come September.
So while we have done very well so far this summer, we still need a central defender, a central midfield player and two good strikers.
If we can get top players in for those positions before September tolls around – then it will have been a fantastic transfer window for Newcastle, and just what we needed
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