Pardew – “I don’t envisage too many coming in”
Posted on July 11th, 2012 | 84 Comments |
Newcastle United’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, played down transfer fever at the club, saying that he doesn’t expect too many players to be coming in during this transfer window.
Speaking at his first press conference for the forthcoming pre-season programme, instead, Pardew preferred to put the emphasis on younger players such as Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic breaking through for more first team action in the absence of departees such as Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Guthrie, Leon Best and several others. The Grey Gaffer said:
“I don’t envisage too many coming in.
“We have a lot of young players here who haven’t played much football.
“People like Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic.
However, he was heartened that the club were still looking at players who could take the club forward, adding:
“But we are out there looking at players who will take us forward.
“We have various options still and nobody has left.”
Which was quite a strange thing to say as several first team players actually HAVE left the club, as pointed out above, albeit that the club have made two younger signings for the reserves in the form of Romain Amalfitano from Reims, and Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City.
On the seeming coolness on new signings, could this all be be a grand bluff to teams who have players coveted by the NUFC hierarchy to make it look as if we can take them or leave or leave them?
Since writing the piece above, I have heard another interview for BBC Radio Newcastle, so I thought that I should add an extract from this below, where Pardew speaks on the same topic.
This time he remarked on current targets that he was looking to bring in two, maybe three new signings. On these he remarked:
“We’re not close, but we’re making progress.
“I think certainly over the next 14 days that maybe one will come in, we’re looking to bring in two, maybe three.”
Continuing on the other theme, that of keeping existing players, he then added:
“The most important thing is keeping hold of our good players, our great players.”
“We’ve got a very good team here, and we have aspirations to improve next year.
“It isn’t easy, but so far we’ve done well, most people have been away and we’ve had a few enquiries.
“But people now realise if they want to take anyone away they have to pay way over the odds.”
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