Magpies Now Have Some Real Quality In Squad

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.

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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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16 comments so far

  • deeps

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Man United are on the verge of signing Rojo from sporting for 20 million..
    Talk about overpaying 😀

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    This si The Guardian’s annual review of the season applied to the Toon

  • Our Toon

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    TADS & LG

    I’d take Dawson as he is English and we need some English lads, Townsend although he is greedy I think he will become a really good player but I wouldn’t take Lennon.

    I’ve said this before but to replace Tiote it would cost us more than 20m….he is one of a kind in this team and is currently irreplaceable in my eyes.

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Rojo is overpriced at £20 million considering they could have gotten Balanta for about £5 million apparently.

    Has he signed for Valencia, young Balanta? He will be top draw him. A bit of the Cannavaro about him.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Have to admit he did me chuckle with jack from just down the road with a big grin plastered on his face
    Not a big player in terms of signings but it p1ssed them reet off!
    Yes I’m petty i know!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Try again
    This is the Guardian’s annual preview of the coming season – with regard to the Toon

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Selling Tiote would reek of desperation to me.

    It seems as if NUFC want another player through the door but cannot shift Jonas or Hatem so the next best thing is to sell Tiote as nobody else will fetch as much in terms of market value in our squad other than perhaps Krul.

    Tiote is easily replaceable with another CM at the club but not in terms of quality.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry to track back but was fully enjoying yours and others debate yesterday but got to the party to late!

    167toonarmydownsouth // Aug 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Tbf when you look at the German clubs like Doetmund Schalke etc it highlights everything wrong with Academies throughout England not just at NUFC

    But yeah your right, given the apparent long term vision of the club then the youth should be top priority, have had some great conversations with sage Lilo Ruddy and Ian Toon about our academy
    The lack of quality in the coaches is first and foremost, it’s great that this brand spanking new state of the art training base has been green lighted for the academy but without the proper quality of coaches it’s all a bit redundant!
    I agree with what you said earlier about De Boer, would of gone all out to bring him and Bergkamp in
    Sold them the club as a complete rebuilding project, task the pair to install an actual philosophy throughout the club at all levels so all the teams involved play with same style/philosophy hopefully irradiating the risk in the youth adjusting to the step up as they would at the very least be in sync with the style and tactics used by the senior manager and squad
    Let them build there only coaching staff, it may cost them a bit in the short term but would be hugely beneficial in the long term!
    The whole coaching set up, not just Pardew, is past it’s sell by date at the club, even Beardsley, great player,absolute legend and top bloke but not a top coach
    The club is disjointed and fractured at all levels and will sadly remain this way until we have a coach with detailed knowledge of the European game and how to construct and utilise an academy or at the very least a fit for purpose technical director to at the very least advise and recommend coaches to help the inept management out!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Our Toon,
    I’d prefer to allow Aarons room to grow into the side. Townsend is 23 now, unless he changes the way he plays completely then I don’t see much scope for development in him. 1 goal in 25 Prem appearances last year, from 56 shots. Compare this to the “defensive” Colback in a far worse team who managed 3 goals in just 17 shots. Both managed 2 assists. Townsend is massively overrated, and done nothing to deserve the hype whatsoever.

    Obviously not implying Colback is great, but more that Townsend is hype.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Our Toon
    Not for me Dawson is massively over rated would much rather Kaboul
    And Lennon over Townsend, Lennon is proven at top level and would be a fantastic option to the squad with his pace and ability to be picked up on the cheap

  • Our Toon

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11


    Aarons looks like a proper LW, Townsend has mainly been utilised as a RW always cutting in…he would be Obertan’s replacement in my eyes rather than stumping Aarons who should occupy the LW

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12


    Superb post that, I agree completely.

    I think someone like De Boer would love the idea of coming to NUFC and changing us for the better.

    Many people have the opportunity to manage a club but very few have the opportunity to build one from the ground up.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13


    Rojo is one of the best in the world.

    Would have transformed us at the back

  • SUFC_rule

    Aug 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Not enough quality compared to Sunderland signing Rodwell & Buckley. Future is bright for Sunderland.

    The boys are back in town!!

  • MassiveG

    Aug 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #15

    I have to say on I’m more excited about Riviere at the moment than Colback. May be unfounded but just can’t get ecited about him…

  • dcdick

    Aug 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    So 48 points will do us this season the Mr Pardew ?

    Idiot !

    Pardew Out !!!


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