Alan Pardew believes that the importance of keeping Newcastle’s first team players was far more important than making new signings over the summer’s transfer window, according to The
The Magpies only managed to bring in one player over the window, Dutch international midfielder Vurnon Anita from Ajax. This has led to murmurs from some Tyneside supporters that the club ultimately lacks squad depth, especially factoring in the addition of Europa League action to this season’s calendar.
After what some fans feel has been an unconvincing start, manager Pardew has tried to reassure the supporters about any fears for the upcoming season. He is insistent that there is enough strength to the squad, and that the previous year’s active window has laid the foundations for the clubs long term plans.
Pardew said to the Journal: “We did most of our work in the transfer market last summer. That was the important period for this football club because it was either going to take us forward or take us backwards.
“Fortunately we made the right selections and it took us forward, and then we have secured them (the top players) as well.”
Newcastle’s next fixture is against Everton at Goodison Park on 17th September, and Pardew will be looking forward to resuming their league campaign after the international break.
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