In a week where once again Newcastle United have been linked with several players, the only piece of advice I can heed is wait for the official confirmation and a picture of said player(s) holding the Toon shirt.
For example, we’ve been linked recently with Gomis, Bent, Remy and McCarthy of Wigan. At the weekend the odds were slashed on Gomis being a Newcastle player. It’s now Wednesday, and talks have apparently stalled. Betting patterns are inconclusive and very rarely correct. Remember last January when Remy was “on his way to Newcastle?” He signed for QPR. We thought it was inevitable. It wasn’t.
Although frustrating, we must let the board: Kinnear and co do their jobs. I’m attempting – it’s difficult – to not judge Kinnear until the transfer window is closed because although I have a dislike of him, it would be unfair to him.
The signings of Ba, Marveaux, Santon, Obertan, Cisse, Gouffran and Haidara were all relatively out of the blue. Relax. The season hasn’t started yet. On the good news front, Cisse is still a Newcastle player, he’s fit, he’s healthy and he’ll wear the shirt. Soon there will another striker to join him, don’t fret.
If worst case scenario does occur then the likelihood is that Pardew will play Gouffran or Shola up top but I doubt this will happen. Ashley will have learnt from last season’s mistake to not strengthen in the summer. We have the money, we’re just not gonna be taken for mugs like Liverpool were in January 2011. Then again it is Newcastle United, something is bound to go wrong.