Newcastle United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are in agreement that Alan Pardew went into the summer transfer window under more pressure than most managers.
The Magpies boss was under fire for his behaviour on the touchline and his teams’ performances towards the back end of last season, whilst the appointment of Joe Kinnear and the fact the club had failed to sign a player on a permanent deal for 12 months was also a major cause of frustration for Toon Army supporters.
Pardew responded over the summer by signing as many as nine new players.
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Darryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles have all checked in at St. James’ Park, and whilst two points from their first three Premier League games is not ideal, there has been an improvement in the performance level.
The Toon put in a decent display against Manchester City on the opening day, before a creditable clean sheet at Aston Villa. They were then involved in one of the most entertaining games of the season so far, drawing 3-3 with Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park.
And despite there being nine new arrivals last summer, there could have been further more still according to reports.