ALAN Pardew is adamant he’s got the players to hurt Manchester City - despite Newcastle United’s lack of summer signings.
The club has failed in bids to sign Darren Bent and Bafetimbi Gomis.
And Pardew still feels he needs “one or two” more players to complete a squad which was found wanting last season.
United start their Premier League campaign at Manchester City on Monday night, and striker Loic Remy, signed on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, won’t be involved because of a calf injury.
However, Pardew’s confident the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Demba Cisse can trouble Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
And he has been heartened with the form of defensive trio Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Pardew is acutely aware of negativity among supporters frustrated at a lack of summer arrivals, though he feels there are reasons for positivity.
“We’ve got some very good players here, and that’s what I think some of our fans should focus on a little bit,” Pardew said.
“We’ve got Sissoko – who’s had five months in the division and will be better for it – and we’ve got Cabaye, who’s as good as I’ve ever seen him.
“Papiss looks really well now now he’s had that training. We’ve got Mapou, Colo and Tayls. We’ve got two great goalies (Tim Krul and Rob Elliot).”
There remains a question mark over the future of Cabaye, who is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.
While Pardew is adamant it would take a bid that “blows the doors off” for Cabaye to leave St James’s Park, he knows he faces an anxious fortnight before the closing of the transfer window.
“You’ve got to be on your guard,” added Pardew. “You’re always vulnerable to a top, top club coming in and blowing us out of the water.
“We’re keeping our eyes on everything.”
Meanwhile, former United striker Nile Ranger has signed a one-year deal at Swindon Town.
The 22-year-old – who left St James’s Park by “mutual consent” in March – is in the club’s squad for this afternoon’s game against Shrewsbury Town.
“I look forward to getting my career back on track,” said Ranger.
“It’s time to clean up my act. I want to channel my energies back into football, and feel the discipline and environment of the club will enable me to do this.”