Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew not afraid to be tinkerman

TINKERMAN: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture by FRANK REID
TINKERMAN: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture by FRANK REID

ALAN Pardew says he won’t be afraid to be a “tinkerman” for Newcastle United this season.

The Magpies have signed six players so far this summer – and there could yet be more arrivals.

Pardew says he intends to make full use of his offensive options.

Newcastle struggled to find the net last season after the January sale of midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The team was also over-reliant on on-loan forward Loic Remy, whose proposed move to Liverpool from QPR yesterday broke down over concerns about the 27-year-old’s medical.

Pardew, however, feels he already has better options for the new season.

United signed forwards Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez last month, and also brought in attacking midfielder Remy Cabella, who will report for pre-season training this week.

And Pardew believes he will have to be “fluid” in his approach to team selection and tactical changes if Newcastle are to renew their challenge for European football.

“It’ll be interesting,” Pardew told SportMail. “We’ve got nice options, and we can face the season with a team that we can change.

“The problem with the Premier League is that if you play the same team week-in, week-out against the top sides, we won’t ever gain an advantage.

“They have greater funds. They have more experience. They have greater depth.

“We have to be fluid and sometimes change, but we need the options to change. Particularly late last year, and in the Europa League year, I didn’t have those offensive options.”

Pardew and his players today returned to Tyneside from a successful two-game tour of New Zealand.

The Magpies beat Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC without conceding a goal.

Teenage winger Rolando Aarons – who has started all three of the club’s pre-season games – impressed, and 17-year-old striker Adam Armstrong scored his first senior goal in the 4-0 win over Sydney.

And Pardew, who hopes to have striker Papiss Demba Cisse back from a fractured kneecap early in the season, hopes the pair will also make a first-team contribution in the Premier League.

Pardew went on: “I’ve Siem, Riviere, Cabella, Moussa (Sissoko), Gouff (Yoan Gouffran) and also – maybe –Rolando and Armstrong.

“Fingers crossed they can get to the level where they can affect Premier League games and also Papiss when he’s back fit.”

Yoan Gouffran was United’s match-winner against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

The forward’s first-half strike gave Pardew’s side a 1-0 win in the final Football United Tour 2014 game at the Westpac Stadium in front of a 30,968 crowd.

Gouffran scored with a header from a Vurnon Anita cross just past the half-hour.

Pardew lost forward Siem de Jong – who had missed a training session with a foot problem earlier this week – to injury before the break.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot made two good saves from Wellington’s Jeremy Brochie in the second half.

United, having used all their outfield substitutes, ended the game with 10 men after Aarons limped off.

Newcastle play again on Wednesday at Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday host them at Hillsborough.

NEWCASTLE: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa (Sakta, 64), S Taylor, Coloccini (Vuckic, 78), Haidara (Dummett, 76), Anita, Colback, Abeid (Aarons, 46), Gouffran (Campbell, 85), De Jong (Perez, 33), Riviere (Armstrong, 64. Subs not used: Alnwick, Woodman.