The fact that Newcastle are not competing these days in the Champion League means we cannot go after the very best players available, because they want to play in Europe’s top league, and some players have left us to play in the top league, and they include both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, who have both left this year for bigger clubs.
Alan Pardew – wants Champions League football
So it seems to be a limiting thing in terms of the players we can sign, but on the other hand with England having so many great sides, it’s a very difficult thing to be a top four side in England – much more difficult than it used to be.
And we heard Daryl Janmaat talk about Newcastle building up the squad and going after European football just last week – so we’re sure at least the topic comes up when we are talking to our top targets.
Alan Pardew has given a number of interviews today down under, before our game against Sydney kicks off in about 24 hours time, and he has talked about the Champions League:
“It is important for us to grow our brand, we’re a club that wants to compete in the Champions League.” “We are trying to do it in a way that’s very difficult, because we’re not throwing vast fortunes at transfers.”
“We can’t afford to do that, so we are trying to do it in a more educated way.” “Trying to bring in players that we think can make that step. This year we are as well set as at any time that I’ve been at the club, to make a go of it.”
“We just need to get tactically our game plan ready for the season, and that will start on this tour.”
It’s ridiculous the way some club have been allowed to spend vast fortunes on their players with seemingly no limits, although the Financial Fair Play rules seem to have hooked in clubs like Manchester City and PSG, and they’ve been told to balance their books by UEFA or face even more (very) large fines.
And PSG will spend very little money on new players this summer, because of the clamp down by UEFA.
And it has to give Newcastle some hope when we look at how Atletico Madrid did last year – and they have not spent a lot of money on their players, but they still managed to build a top side, that came very close to becoming European Champions in May, when they took Real Madrid to extra time.
Newcastle still need to bring in three or four good players this summer, but so far this transfer window has raised the hopes of Newcastle fans everywhere – and we’ve already signed some excellent players for decent money.
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