ALAN Pardew has defended Newcastle United’s summer transfer business.
The club signed just one senior player in the window – Vurnon Anita – and efforts to strengthen defence and attack came to nothing.
Pardew’s squad looks short in a couple of areas given the amount of games United, in home action against Aston Villa tomorrrow, will play at home and abroad.
And Pardew, at least in public, is backing the club’s tough stance in negotiations.
Newcastle didn’t meet the asking price for Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy and FC Twente’s Douglas, and an offer for Andy Carroll fell significantly short of Liverpool’s valuation.
“Let’s be honest – it’s not about the money, it’s about the player and the quality of the player,” Pardew said.
“I don’t think you can find one of our fans who could argue we ain’t got value for money. That will continue – we’ll strive to push that along.”
Pardew was also relieved to keep his key players at the club, not least Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote and Demba Ba.
“We’ve got some great players here, and I’ve kept them intact – that was my main priority this summer,” he said.
“We have brought in one what I would call first-team regular (Anita) and I think that will take us forward to a degree or two and some young players who will develop.
“It is an opportunity now for our young players, who can grab the chance of the Capital One Cup and Europe and the league games that they play and make themselves a career here.”
The knee injury suffered by Ryan Taylor in Thursday night’s Europa League win over Atromitos gave Pardew pause for thought.
But speaking yesterday, he said: “Sleeping on it, we’ve got good cover with James Tavernier and James Perch, who can play those roles.
“So we’ll probably go with what we’ve got now and in January, maybe look at it.”