So I see that Alan Pardew has today said that we might be done in terms of incoming players today.
That isn’t exactly great news is it?
I’ve been keeping my council throughout the window, acutely aware that the club are very capable of throwing the odd curveball when it comes to transfers dealings, which is why I’ve been pretty much silent on the whole transfer window malarkey as I like to form a judgement of the whole window AFTER the event as opposed to flitting between opinions throughout the window and as each day passes.
I’ve known since day one that qualification for the Europa League wouldn’t have a significant effect on our transfer dealings. Put simply, the money doesn’t really justify splashing out sums that deviate from the transfer policy that, until recently, has been lauded by fans of NUFC, fans of other clubs, journalists and ex-professionals alike.
However I have to say that should Alan Pardew’s words of doom turn out to be true (remember the APP – or Anti Pardew Police – are quick to point out the he is a liar) then I’ll be fuming.
First off, let’s hear what Pardew has exactly said:
“We’re watching the market,” Pardew told assorted journalists in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Atromitos tomorrow evening.
He added: “We know the one’s we’re watching. If there’s any movement on them, we may trigger ourselves. But the targets we have seem secure at their clubs.”
Now I’ll be quick to point out that Pardew has said things once or twice that haven’t come about previously.I remember when we weren’t selling Andy Carroll, then BOOM. Much like I remember no new incoming striker last January, until Papiss Cisse rolled into town a few days later.
It’s not over until it’s over if course, but if that is to be it then I feel sorry for Pardew, his coaching staff, and the players. All of them combined last season to propel us to fifth place in the table through a combination of hard work, graft, skill and togetherness.
The reward they’ve been given from the owner and his band of blubbers is shocking. After all that there has been no support whatsoever from above which makes you winder what the point is.
Now I, like the vast majority, am not expecting cash to be splashed here, there and everywhere, but I think we’ve gone to far the other way in this transfer window. If you crunch the numbers you’ll find our net spend is somewhere in the region of £3m, which is better than it has been for a while, but it’s still painfully low.
Still, as mentioned previously, there is time for additions to be made although it must be said that Pardew’s words are resonating about as soundly as a wet fart currently…