With transfer deadline rapidly approaching, the underlying message from all Newcastle fans to the club is that we must hold onto our key players if we are to stand any chance of success this season.
I for one must say I would much prefer us to hold onto the likes of Cabaye and Tiote rather than sell them on for big money, but then have to wait until January to spend the money or panic buy on the final day of the window.
It is clear that we have to improve our own squad before the deadline on Friday, so to lose players would just be utterly mind-boggling and not practical at all as we would have no time to find a suitable replacement for any player that is sold.
For example the rumours making the rounds at the moment are that Arsenal are interested in Yohan Cabaye for a reported £15 million. Yes that is a huge profit from the £4.8 million we paid for him last year, but finding a replacement in time is almost impossible. Pardew recently said:
“All my players are important, and they are hard to replace now. You lose a big player now and you try and take someone out from somewhere else and they want a replacement and time is suddenly running down. You can’t get anyone in and we want to avoid that.”
This definitely makes me feel better seeing that as I know he and Mike Ashley will force a club out of bidding for one of our players by over pricing them, just like what happened with Andy Carroll although Liverpool were stupid enough to cough up £35 million and, well, the rest is history.
So I think if Arsenal really do want Cabaye they are going to have to pay well over £15 million for him, especially when you look at the likes of Jack Rodwell going to Manchester City for the same kind of fee.
So yes, I actually think we can stop worrying about outgoings and, despite the words of Alan Pardew yesterday, I still think there could be a twist in the tail regarding incomings at some before the 11pm deadline tomorrow evening.
However as for who we might bring in, that is anyone’s guess. The Debuchy deal seems dead, as does the Carroll one,or perhaps they aren’t as dead as is being made out? Who knows?
Fingers crossed it all goes well for Newcastle!