Pardew left to question Newcastle summer inactivity
Published 03/12/2012 | 05:00
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted the club is analysing whether or not they might have done more in the summer transfer market.
The Magpies signed only one senior player, Vurnon Anita, during the closed season after pulling the plug on proposed deals for experienced defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Douglas having decided they did not make financial sense.
However, the demands of European football and a series of injuries and suspensions have hit Pardew's squad severely in recent weeks, and its depth has been painfully exposed by four successive Premier League defeats.
In the short-term, the manager is concentrating only on tonight's home clash with Wigan and the task of securing a much-needed win, but with the January transfer window looming, a plan is being drawn up.
"We have been unlucky, but we are in the process of analysing whether we under-cooked it, and that's what we should do," said Pardew. "It would be silly not to."
France full-back Debuchy remains in Newcastle's sights, but it is perhaps in central defence where the greatest need for reinforcement lies, with Steven Taylor sidelined until February and utility man James Perch the only real back-up to skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson.
The deficiencies in Pardew's squad have been highlighted by consecutive league defeats at the hands of West Ham, Swansea, Southampton and Stoke.
Such is the depth of the Magpies' current malaise that Pardew, who has set great store by the nature of the football his team plays, would take a win over the Latics however it comes after seeing them rally, but ultimately come up short, at Stoke in midweek.
"I thought we played some good football, but the overriding factor was we lost," said Pardew.
Perch is suspended for tonight's game after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign at the Britannia Stadium, while Taylor, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa remain on the casualty list. However, Shola Ameobi could return to the bench.
(© Independent News Service)
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