Don’t expect Newcastle to wrap up any more transfers anytime soon. It seems that with many teams going away on pre-season tours player transfers will be moving even more slowly.
Alan Pardew, speaking before the game against Sporting Kansas, poured cold water on any suggestion that a signing was imminent.
“I think that a lot of business will happen but not just yet. There are a lot of teams away at the moment on tour like ourselves. And I don’t think anything will happen while we are away.”
Whilst it seems that the club’s search for a new striker is no nearer to completion, it also seems that we may be looking to move a few players on, such as Wayne Routledge, before we move for players in other positions such as cover for Danny Simpson and Jose Enrique.
The Newcastle manager indicated that we are hoping to unload a few players before stepping up our activity in pursuit of new signings, “there are also some players that will be moved on and that will also affect things.”
If it is our policy to sell before we buy this could leave the first team squad thin on the ground when the season kicks off in August.
If any more injuries are picked up in the club’s pre-season tour to America then the club could be in a precarious position come the start of the season.
Whilst the gaffer isn’t panicking just yet, a few more injuries and he may will be, “I wouldn’t say we’re on a knife-edge with injuries, but our squad isn’t particularly big.”
It could well be that the club is waiting for the investment in youth to pay off and simply doesn’t want to waste money on players like James Perch, who simply reduce the opportunities available for younger players such as James Tavernier.
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