Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hopes that he can significantly strengthen a side that is currently struggling in 14th place in the Premier League and is likely to find it difficult in the Europa League’s elimination phase without reinforcements.
At a time when his colleagues from Arsenal and Liverpool have played down the impact the January transfer window can have on their seasons, last season’s Manager of the Year Pardew has welcomed – and even encouraged – the prospect of major changes.
“I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad,” Pardew told Sky Sports following last night’s loss to Bordeaux in the Europa League.
The defeat in France did not prevent the Magpies from progressing further in the competition but forced them to relinquish the group win to the Ligue 1 outfit, with Pardew making do with a group of youngsters in the absence of a host of injured stars such as Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Yohan Cabaye.
While the manager was impressed with the spirit of his players, he hopes to be able to count on some established new signings in January and send many of the fringe players out on loan for further development.
“Certainly looking at my group there, I think they need to learn a little bit more about this game away from the black and white and the pressure of the jersey here and the level we are playing at,” Pardew explained.
“I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight, hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the squad,” he concluded.
Newcastle will not be in action until Monday, when they travel to the capital to face Fulham at the Craven Cottage.