It’s been a strange transfer window for Newcastle thus far. We have seen arguably our best three players leave the club over the summer and it’s certainly been a time of change and the end of an era in many ways.
Of course in football we see changes happen all the time. Players come and go. One day they are kissing the badge and the next they have their heads turned – usually by money. It seems you should only get attached to a player at your own peril as it’s only textbook that they move on eventually.
Joey Barton was the latest big name to head for the exit door as the potential of QPR proved to be too much for the player to resist. Of course Joey’s integrity and loyalty was questioned by many fans after he opted to move down South after promising Newcastle fans that no matter what happened he would see his contract out at the club. Joey went on to claim that he would only be tempted to leave United this window if a top four team came calling.
Personally I’m sure the guy had his reasons for going back on his promises. I’m very aware that the board didn’t want Joey at the club following various Twitter outbursts and that would have made Barton feel vulnerable. I appreciate that he merely wanted long term security, especially since he has his first kiddie on the way. Either that or he really believes QPR can make an instant impact in the top division – let’s hope for his sake it’s not the latter.
I’m not here to debate Joey’s move, quite frankly he is no longer a Newcastle player therefore I don’t care. I actually still like Barton, he was my favourite player and I had his name across my shoulders on my home shirt last season. It’s just foolish to dwell and to analyse players leaving the club. Let’s concentrate on the present and the lads wearing the black and white of Newcastle United. They are the important players.
I remember Alan Pardew saying recently in a press conference that if Joey left we would replace him. Now I know that we shouldn’t be so trusting on everything we are told by the club and being sceptical is what we have been reduced to over the last couple of years. With a left back and striker the overwhelming priorities over the next 24 hours or so should we be looking to add another midfielder in your opinion?
Yossi Benyaoun is a name that is being touted around at the moment, a player that is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and a player Alan Pardew knows well from their time together at West Ham. We still looked quite blessed in the middle in my opinion, with Benny still to come back and Haris Vuckic and Shola Ameobi making a big impression do we even need to bring someone in to replace Barton?
With a move for Davide Santon allegedly close, should we now put all our efforts into bringing in a striker of decent calibre before the window slams shut at 11.00 pm on Wednesday?
Pards if your reading we don’t want Carlton Cole – Thank you. Please?!