Alan Pardew was interviewed by Sky Sports News yesterday during the open day training at St. James’ Park, and Alan said he hopes to play the attacking style of football that Newcastle fans always want to see – in what was a wide-ranging interview.
Our young fans at St. James’ Park today
This is some of what the Newcastle manager had to say:
¨There’s some excitement because we’ve brought in some real quality this year, and with the loss of Cabaye last year, it was important to add some offensive stability to our team and to strengthen it.”
¨We’re really pleased with the work we’ve done but the proof is in the pudding (the proof of the pudding is in the eating), and we need to deliver on Sunday at 4:oo pm against the Champions, but we’re looking forward to it.”
“We’re in a good shape and we had a good pre-season.¨ ¨I think we’re going to play a brand of football that Newcastle United fans expect, because towards the back end of last year we just didn’t have enough offensive players to put on the kind of performances that we’re used to.¨
¨So this year we’ve got a lot of options from the bench, a big squad, good quality. Siem De Jong from Ajax, Cabella from France – you know – a mixture of players, Jack Colback from just down the road, so we’ve looked out far and wide, because it’s a difficult agenda for us to get players who are good enough to play on this stage.¨
¨It’s a daunting prospect and all our young fans are here today – the next generation – and its nice for them to get a look at these guys.
The real quality we have brought in are Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback, with the first three costing us around £19M, and then we have strikers Facundo Ferreyra (on loan) and Manu Riviere in addition to 20 year-old Ayoze Perez.
The two Nottingham Forest players Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow are two Englishmen and they didn’t come cheap, and are ones for the future.
But it was just a great deal for Newcastle, and next summer they should be worth a lot more than the £7M the Magpies paid out for them, once they have played another season in the Championship for Nottingham Forest.
We would expect both players to become part of the first team squad next summer, although at only 20 years old, Jamaal could possibly be loaned out for another season.
If you had said in May that Newcastle would bring in nine good players this summer, you would have been asked what you had been smoking recently.
In truth it’s been a good transfer window, and we are still hoping for two more good signings before the transfer window slams shut on Monday, September 1st.
And who knows, we could even have three wins under our belts by that time.
It’s called dreaming.
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