Pardew wants reinvigorated Newcastle
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes that the club’s new signings can help the Magpies kick-start their ailing season and help the club escape relegation, reports BBC Sport.
The Toon Army have added five Frenchmen to their squad during the winter transfer window, and Pardew hopes that the added depth and quality will be enough to ensure top-flight survival.
Mathieu Debuchy arrived from Lille at the turn of the year for a reported fee of £5.5m, and fellow French internationals Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko were signed from Montpellier (£6.7m) and Toulouse (undisclosed fee) respectively.
They were joined by French U-21 stars Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux, £1.2m) and Massadio Haïdara (Nancy, undisclosed fee) in the space of just a few days last week.
Pardew said: “It's a kind of restart for us because we are so much stronger in terms of depth and quality.”
With Yohan Cabaye returning from injury, and Fabricio Coloccini remaining in the North-East despite earlier plans to return to his native Argentina, Pardew hopes that the current sense of reinvention and optimism will be enough to spur the Magpies on ahead of their bottom of the table clash with Aston Villa on Tuesday evening.
Summing up the activity at St. James’ Park this month, Pardew said: “We have got Yohan coming back, and he's like a new player. Debuchy has come into the building and settled quickly, Sylvain Marveaux is playing well, and then the new boys on top of that.”
Pardew also believes that he now has a much better depth and squad size for the first time since his arrival at the club in December 2010.
“We have had a small squad since I have been here and now for the first time, I think I have the full allocation, and that goes without the injury crisis we have suffered this particular year. We are up to full strength really and now it is about making sure we get the victories we need to build on this.
"People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever. We now have a strong squad. We will probably have a new look to us and that new look hopefully settles quickly because we have not got a lot of games left.”
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