Newcastle’s policy since Mike Ashley arrived at the club in 2007 has been to buy good young players cheaply from countries like France and Holland, and we’ve had some huge successes – like Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Demba Ba – but on the other hand we have also had some failures, and after seven league games without a win so far this season, the new players we brought in over the summer are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – still under pressure at Newcastle
Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferrerya are all playing nowhere near their best form, and of the five Janmaat and young Perez have shown up best so far.
Jack Colback had Premier League experience at Sunderland before he arrived over the summer, and Jack has produced almost immediately at his home town club, and Siem de Jong is currently out injured – probably until January next year.
Newcastle have four points from their first seven games, and we still haven’t got our first win – and that’s one point less after seven games than we had in our relegation season six years ago, so not surprisingly there is huge cause for concern at the club.
Alan Pardew has talked again about Newcastle’s policy of buying young:
“Our policy here has been the same since I’ve been at the club – we have bought players we think have good market value and that means mainly the younger players.”
“I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had.”
“I didn’t think we were strong enough in the last part of the season and that’s been held against me that I’ve been making excuses. But I just felt that we needed more and we didn’t have it after the loss of Cabaye.”
“This club needs big players because we are a big scalp for any team. For Swansea we are a big scalp. Forget where we are in the league.”
“We need big players and our big players need to stand up. We also need to create more big players and that’s what we are trying to do.”
Our next game a week on Saturday is huge – and it’s a home game against newly promoted Leicester City – and if we cannot get a win in that game, (even) more alarm bells will be going off at St. James’ Park.
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