There was a feeling on the last day of the summer transfer window that we needed a striker and a center-back – but rather than bring them in, we let a center-back leave on loan for the season, and we let our most creative player also leave on loan for the season.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left on loan on last day of window
To most Newcastle fans that seemed crazy, and it was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa who left the club on loan, and if to rub it in, Mapou has been a star player for Roma so far this season.
So there’s a feeling that Newcastle didn’t get the job done in the summer, and we did not replace Loic Remy, and it shouldn’t be too surprising that we haven’t scored in four of the first six league games – so it’s just like the second half of last season – disastrous. 🙁
We are also short at center-back, and now have only three experienced central defenders in the squad – so we assume Chief Scout Graham Carr and his team will be very busy through the end of this year scouting players.
This is what the manager Alan Pardew has said today:
“For us, our focus is on the short-term, and see where we are when we get to January, because we really need to be away from the bottom six or seven.”
“Otherwise, in January, we might need to do something, because we want to be in the top half. That’s our focus.”
“Yes, because I believe in the squad, of course.” “If we had one game to go and we needed three points, I would still believe in the squad.”
“That’s how football managers are made – I don’t think the media quite get that. It doesn’t matter, when that window shuts, that’s my team, I have got to make it happen.”
“I have got to produce out of that team, I have got to find a way. That’s my job.”
We have been saying that Newcastle need to line up some new players in January, and how many players we bring in will depend almost entirely on where we are in the league at that time.
If we are near the bottom there will a lot of players brought in – maybe as many as five we brought in early last year – but if we are near mid-table, there will be less money spent.
Mike Ashley only wants to spend the money necessary to keep us in the Premier League.
It’s sad to have to write that – but it’s also true.
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