With Newcastle having bid for both Loic Remy and Alexandre Lacazette in the last few days and failed to get either through the door, and with the news that Atletico Madrid center-back Toby Alderweireld is attracting attention from Southampton and Arsenal – with the Saints said to be close to signing him – it could be that Newcastle will fail to bring in another player in the 15 hours left of this summer’s transfer window.
Alan Pardew – it’s been a good window
And we suppose it’s not unexpected that Alan Pardew will still claim this is a good transfer window for the club, and we have signed nine players in Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Jack Colback, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra (on loan), Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow.
The last two have been loaned straight back to Nottingham Forest to get another season of Championship football under their belts.
Alan Pardew is already practicing what he will say tomorrow on our transfer window as he has said this:
“No other Barclays Premier League club has brought in more players than us this summer. It has therefore been a positive transfer window for Newcastle and we are keen to unlock the potential in this team as quickly possible.”
“In all my time at Newcastle this is the best spirit I have felt around the team and that has to bode well for our short and long-term future. Our new signings have helped create a positive vibe at the training ground right now.”
That’s the PR side, but the facts are in the four games we have seen this season we still seem to be weak in defense, and we are having great difficulty scoring goals up front, so a center-back and striker would have been great before 11:00 pm tonight.
But that now seems unlikely, and what we may see today is players like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and some others go out on loan or be sold permanently by Newcastle.
With nine players brought in, it’s important the wage bill is kept under control, which is why some unloading of players is necessary.
If that’s what happens today we will have to hope that our new forwards Manu Riviere, Siem de Jong, Remy Colback, Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferreyra just need time to settle in and meld together.
But the game on Saturday was worrying, because we seemed so open at the back and still had trouble putting away out chances until young Rolando Aarons cam on after 67 minutes.
Rolando must start the next game for Newcastle – he could be great for us this season – which is what we are hoping.
Alan Pardew has said Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley has given him some good players this summer, so the manager will need to get the very best out of the new squad – that’s what he will judged on this season, with the rumors being that Mike Ashley wants a top eight finish this season.
We need some wins quickly in our next few games if we are to get off to a decent start – we were hoping for mote than 2 points from our first three league games.
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