Alan Pardew has expressed his belief that Newcastle need to do some serious work in the summer transfer window.
Since Pardew left St James’ Park, the results under John Carver have been dreadful, and the 53-year-old has told the Chronicle that the Toon must strengthen a lot in the summer.
Pardew had a mixed career on Tyneside, leading the club to a fifth-place finish in 2012, but enduring a dreadful 2014 calendar year. A strong run of results in October moved the club up the table, and it is probably enough to keep them from relegation, but there are underlying problems at the club.
There are severe weaknesses across many positions, and the key players in the squad - Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez - could all be on their way out of the club judging by Mike Ashley’s previous transfer workings.
Ensuring that they have a strong transfer window when it re-opens could prove vital in Newcastle surviving in the Premier League for another season. Their current squad is clearly not good enough, and although there are some promising academy players breaking through into the first-team, there are some real doubts over whether they can actually make it at the top level.
The now-Crystal Palace boss said: “I sincerely hope in the summer they have a good window because the last two, maybe three, windows haven’t been good enough.
“They have to buy well and get that place rocking like it was yesterday in the second half.”