Are Newcastle doing well in this transfer window?

Alan Pardew
Is Pardew playing it cool?
Love them or hate them, transfer windows are now a part of the modern game.

They can be unsettling times as speculation mounts over key players at various clubs, but they can also be exciting times with all the names and resultant speculation being thrown about.

Newcastle have only Hatem Ben Arfa to show for their endeavours in this transfer window, with one more player to arrive at St James’ Park before the window slams shut until the summer if you go by what Alan Pardew has been saying.

I think we would all like to see new faces through the door as they generally tend to improve the team, but in reality these wholesale changes just don’t happen in January. The unsettling effect on the team can be something that has a negative impact on results, team harmony and so on.

So with that in mind, I wonder if Newcastle are doing the right thing in this window? Are they right to not go out and get three or four new faces in whilst shipping a couple out? It’s a tough one, but I think they are on the right track.

Generally speaking, most of the work done by the club has been to secure the better players in the squad on new contracts. Joey Barton looks set to be the next one who will be tied down to a new deal, and he will follow in the footsteps of Steven Taylor, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll, Tim Krul, Haris Vuckic aswell as Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling who will all be with us for at least the next four years.

Getting one player, of the required calibre and in the required position (debate as appropriate) should just be enough in my opinion. Injuries haven’t helped us, but neither has having a fair amount of players on our books that either can’t be moved on as they appear to be useless (Xisco) or can’t move on because they are having to play in the absence of first-team players.

We have a 22 man squad at the minute, which will naturally increase to 23 in the summer due to Andy Carroll having to be named in the squad of 25 because of his age, so there isn’t much room for movement. Most of the major movement will be done in the summer, by most clubs in my opinion, and I expect that we will be no different.

If we survive I forsee a summer of rebuilding. Squad players will, or should get moved on and be replaced with better alternatives with the aim of making the entire team stronger. Derek Llambias said during the summer that there wouldn’t be much cash to splash this season, but he did say that should we survive there will be more cash available. I’m watching that closely.

So what do you reckon? Are we being sensible in this window? Has our league position allowed us to be sensible?

I guess the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and if we can get to February 1st having not lost any key players whilst bringing the one player in (Stephen Ireland rumoured again) that Pardew is looking at, and having secured more key players, I would say that it would have been a good window.

What d’ya reckon?

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68 thoughts on “Are Newcastle doing well in this transfer window?

  1. Other than Shane and Barton,who can temporarily play at one flank,anymore youngster that can play there? πŸ™„

    Cause what i feel is that,the club can put trust in one youngster and start playing Him,till Ryan taylor back?

    I heard,he is back to training right?


  2. I guess we just need a one more winger be it loan or permt who can deliver well,with enough pace,in this transfer window.


  3. I think the are taking a sensible aproach.

    Going into the month I wanted the following: Ben Arfa, another attack minded player, send a couple of our youngsters out on loan, and not lose anyone of consequence. so one more in and I will be happy.


  4. I agree that shipping players out and risking the chemistry would be a risk. But we have 3 spots open and if we could fill those spots with at least some young squad Players with potential it would be ideal. It’s difficult because we want a good price and a lot of players that we’re looking at seem to be from teams that are struggling and maybe aren’t willing to move players on that could help their position.
    There’s no need to reach for a player now with options limited because history tells us that January transfers rarely make the desired impact. If we stay the way we are, I believe we can still achieve our ultimate goal of staying up so no need to pay over the top for a player this window IMO.


  5. Pards will bring someone with the right attitude and motivation. The club is in good hands. The players were so tired at the end on Sat they had given 100% all of them. 😎


  6. to get the right players in now would cost arm and leg in this window,couple of loans in to beef up the team then go with what we have imo,but then can we trust ashley to do the right thing in the summer is another thing ❗


  7. Anyone else ecstatic about Fulham playing twice within the space of 5 days in the lead up to our game next week, whilst our lads are out in sunny Portugal recharging their batteries? :mrgreen:


  8. TOONSY hope that person down yours that died isnt a l/pool or scum fan,eyes may have been cast your way πŸ™„


  9. Toonsy

    I suppose you could be right, but surely these lads will be looking to put Fulham to the sword after our recent luck… ❓


  10. It’ll be Llambias doing the talking. Being away don’t matter anymore. A lot of it will be done by phone anyway,


  11. fsotc none m8 and why would he win 130k stick 100k in his casino account then go and waste a mill ,and iam not stickin up for him as i detest him but its bull****


  12. Maybe pards will come back with a couple young Portuguese lads. I’ll take helder barbosa and varela. 😎


  13. Batty I never seen him in the skin But I have seen a few travellers that he wouldn’t fight , I have a few good videos of bare knuckle stuff. Funny enough I used to love that sort of thing but know I dont really watch it anymore I think its just that Im getting older πŸ˜†


  14. Batty Bartley was a good digger mate and a good character.
    Ice to be honest I was into allsorts when I was younger Fighting, Dog fights, different types of hunting etc but I just cant stomach it anymore


  15. i remember bartley nearly killing mickey thomas while they were messin aroond πŸ˜‰ for being ex man u πŸ˜†


  16. dave bartley took me oot once with his lurchers caught a rabbit ,and he couldnt even kill it , he nursed it back too health and ket it as a pet πŸ˜†


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