Newcastle have lost two of our very best players this year – Yohan Cabaye and his best friend Mathieu Debuchy have both left Newcastle in pursuit of Champions League football – presumably because they couldn’t see Newcastle being a top four club in England any time soon.
Alan Pardew – we will push for Champions League
Newcastle United have been in the Champions League before under top former managers Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, but it’s now much more difficult to get a top four place in the Premier League, and the first thing you need to do before you can get there is to have some real ambition to try to achieve it.
And this summer, Newcastle do seem to have been more ambitious, having already signed six good players this summer, and with more on the way before the end of August – hopefully.
Maybe the penny has finally dropped with owner Mike Ashley – that Newcastle can become a much more valuable club (we’re talking money here – what else?) if we can make it into the top four in England or even the top six in England.
Alan Pardew has been somewhat ambitious for Newcastle in his interview today with BBC Radio Newcastle:
“If you don’t make the Champions League, then the big teams come for your players – look at Southampton.¨ “We are pushing every year to try and build to hopefully get to a stage where we make it without losing our players.¨
“We have pitched in and signed players that we think give us a chance to push for Champions League.¨ “We have already shown we are much better covered offensively than we were after Yohan Cabaye’s departure.¨
“We have options, more options to come in and it is going to strengthen my hand to tactically change the team.”
And on the positive side of things if we can say get three more players in this summer – a center-back, a central midfield play-maker and an experienced striker – we could even be a force to be reckoned with next season in the Premier League.
Go for it Lee!!
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