However, in this ‘blog I would like to give my views on why us Toon fans must remain patient in our search for the right players if we are to ever truly re-establish ourselves as one the Premier League’s top dogs.
In recent history this transfer window has proven to provide somewhat of a tortuous time for us Geordies, with the departures of legendary goalkeeper Shay Given in 2009 and local lad Andy Carroll just last year still fresh in the mind of many fans. January hasn’t only proven to be a bad omen for Newcastle United in our outgoings, though. We have also seen a number high profile names joining the club, only to then fail miserably while wearing our famous Black and White. Jean-Alain Boumsong, Celestine Babayaro, Oguchi Onyewu and Amdy Faye spring to mind!
Under the guidance of Alan Pardew, we have now implemented a clear blueprint when dipping our toes into the murky waters of the transfer market, something that I believe has been crucial in taking us beyond the realms of possibility in the first half of the season. What is this blueprint? Simple, NUFC will no longer pay over the odds for older players based solely upon the reputation they have earned elsewhere. Instead, we now scout the globe thoroughly and look to sign players under the age of 26 that are still set on creating their reputation within the beautiful game.
It is this criteria that has seen the club making great headway in recent windows, with players such as Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and more recently Papiss Demba Cisse signing on the dotted line. Therefore I believe that it is only right we stick to this method, after all, how does the famous saying go? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Despite all of this, I do understand that some fans feel we need to strengthen in order to compete with the so called ‘big clubs’ up at the top of the table, and to a certain extent I agree. However, I do not agree with the club rushing through last minute deals for overpriced players that have not been assessed properly. For me, this only spells trouble. The clear need for defensive reinforcements is there for all to see, yet I believe that we may need to wait if we are to sign a player of real ability that can immediately come in and improve our starting XI.
After all, surely the last thing we need is another Cláudio Caçapa pulling on the jersey!