We waited hoping that we could get one or two good players through the door yesterday, and while other clubs seemed to do some good business we were only successful in moving Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa out on season long loan deals and we think that will save the club around 6M in total this season, although it has also weakened the squad.
Alan Pardew – has to prove he’s good enough to be Newcastle manager
And by the way, it was heart warming that Newcastle fans had only words of support for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on his Twitter account – and Mapou was very grateful when he tweeted the following message after signing on at Roma:
“Your support is incredible.”
Mapou struggled for Newcastle in the one and a half seasons he was at the club, but we had hoped he would be given a chance to get used to English football this season – but it was not to be – but he was still a respected and well liked player at Newcastle – a smashing lad and a first class professional and he always gave 100% for the team.
It’s hard to think there’s any way back for Mapou at Newcastle, and he could even do well at Roma this season under former Lille manager Rudi Garcia.
And of course we lost Ben Arfa at the last moment, and we must admit we were very sad and disappointed when that happened with Alan Pardew almost pushing the Frenchman out of the door, and Steve Bruce admitting today they didn’t go after the Frenchman until 6:00 pm last night.
Steve will be checking his calendar, because he will think yesterday was Christmas Day with such a gift as Ben Arfa.
It’s very unprofessional they way it ended up between Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa yesterday, and it kind of leaves a bad taste in the mouth – and we were really hoping they could patch up their differences – but it wasn’t to be and the mercurial one is gone now – and he’s a free agent next summer,.
In retrospect it looks a decent move for Ben Arfa, because he will get the chance to show his skills for Steve Bruce in the Premier League, and the Geordie is a good man manager – and heavens know where Ben Arfa could end up next season.
We wish both Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Hatem Ben Arfa the very best of seasons and the very best in their future careers in football.
So that was it – we have been linked with players like Loic Remy, Alexandre Lacazette, Joel Campbell, Micah Richards, Virgil van Dijk, Toby Alderweireld and Matija Nastasic – but we couldn’t get any of them through the door yesterday.
Loic Remy, Micah Richards and Toby Alderweireld did find new clubs in the last day or two – Loic went to Chelsea, Micah to Fiorentina and Toby to Southampton.
Hopefully we will be scouting some players now, in the hope they could be brought in during January – in case we need them.
We now have to hope that the good players we did bring in like Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Daryl Janmaat, Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere, Ayoze Perez, Facundo Ferreyra and Rolando Aarons – who’s like a new signing – can come through this season for us, and keep us in the top half of the table.
With other clubs in the Premier League seemingly getting stronger all the time – that will not be easy.
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