Thursday the 13th July, the day that brought news of Newcastle United’s unpredictable transfer saga full circle.
It started with the news from the proverbial horse’s mouth that a certain Charles N’Zogbia wouldn’t be joining the French revolution on Tyneside, if indeed this was ever the case.
Alan Pardew came out with the seemingly peculiar statement of the ever-changing stance on transfer targets and what lay ahead for in terms of future recruitment of players this summer. Could this be a change of heart from those above? Or has Pardew finally got to stick his oar in when going forward with signings?
Pardew stated: “I am told that Charles has got an imminent move, so I don’t think that will be us.”
Now, what to make of this little snippet of information? First off, you have to ask yourself as a supporter, were we ever really interested in N’Zogbia and was it all to do with a certain social networking site that many have come to either love or hate?
However, when you take a few steps back from all the rubbish and rumour, you will quickly be reminded of how in January a certain Andy Carroll was sold virtually last minute without any form of replacement. Sky Sports News then broke the news that Newcastle had out of nowhere bid TWICE for N’Zogbia from Wigan. Seemingly this was sanctioned from above Pardew and to some extent is viewed as a softener for the loss of our local number nine.
You may be asking yourself why the Hypocr…Ashley headline?
Well, surely if Mike Ashley was willing to bid close to £10 million for him in January on transfer deadline day then he would have bid that same amount again once the transfer window re-opened?
In terms of who is a target for Newcastle United these days is anyone’s guess due to the over saturated market of player price, contract situation and media exuberance to sell a paper. On the other hand, you begin to look at the players Newcastle have already brought in and what good acquisitions they are to the current squad regardless of price and how much they are paid a week.
With these players and hopefully the purchase of a couple more as stated by Alan Pardew then hopefully the majority of fans will begin to calm down and disperse any memories of transfer failings whoever the player.
Then again, there are always the sceptics that will question these almost u-turn decisions and lack of clear statements from the club and its executives. Honestly, I am probably one of these sceptics
that fall into the category of believing Ashley’s saying one thing one minute then going along with it until it all changes.
Getting irate at the lack of understanding between management and supporter is something I think we all have to accept as apart of the modern game but keep on supporting the players and team that we love no matter what.
Thanks to ethi-toon for sending this in.