Alan Pardrew has challenged his young players to seize their chance – adding he has no regrets regarding the club’s activity in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies signed one first team midfielder in Vurnon Anita, along with youngsters Romain Amalfitano, Curtis Good and Gael Bigirimana in the summer.
The failure to bring in an additional defender and striker left fans frustrated, but Pardew says it’s a great opportunity for young players to break through.
He told reporters:
“This is a year for the younger players to break through. Now, if they don’t break through, I might take a different policy next year, but it is a great opportunity to break through with all the games we’ve got.
“You have to look at a football club as a whole and there has to be a route to the first team otherwise you’re not going to progress as a club. I’ve opened up the route, especially with the Europa League, and told them ‘Come and take your chance’.
“The Fergusons, the Ameobis, the Vuckics, Rob Elliot, Remie Streete, Tavernier – they’ve got to make their move, this is the year to make it.”
Captain Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered injuries whilst on international duty. Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote, James Perch and the Ameobi brothers are all on the sidelines.
So, AP remains defiant and happy with the transfer activity? Surely missing out on Debuchy, Douglas and Carroll can’t be a positive.
What do you think?