With the transfer window set to close tomorrow evening, Steve Parish has spoken about the club’s approach throughout January, with Alan Pardew and the scouting team having identified their targets in plenty of time to make decent headway early on.
After the loan signing of Yaya Sanogo, alongside the arrival of Jordon Mutch, Shola Ameobi and Pape Souare, there looks likely to be little in the way of further incoming business over the next 36 hours, with the squad looking extremely well balanced in comparison to much of our time in the top flight since winning promotion in 2013.
Writing in yesterday’s match day programme, Parish said:
Yes it’s that time of the year again – the window closes on Monday and as we know it’s often a frantic affair, however for us this one has been very straightforward.
Alan, his contacts and the chief scout have worked on targets and we’ve had a clear brief and a concise set of options, and there’s been a real sense of efficiency and organisation. That means it’s been like no other window and we are really very pleased with the outcomes so far.
We have such a great bunch of lads at the club so it’s really important that we buy wisely, and I’m hopeful that we have been able to do that. I would take this opportunity to welcome Yaya Sanogo, Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi and wish them every success.
With everybody so aligned it’s great to feel a little further forward than usual, but having said that there’s still a few things that might happen at the last minute, it’s the nature of the beast so watch this space.
It must be said, that after years of frantic deadline days, it is extremely pleasant if a little strange to see the club looking so organised ahead of the closure of the transfer window, with Wilfried Zaha’s much discussed move from Manchester United seemingly the only feasible deal on the cards between now and Monday night.
After so much was made over the supposed disagreements between Tony Pulis and the board ahead of his shock departure on the eve of the current campaign, questions will inevitably be raised over the exact reasons for our owner’s lack of faith in Pulis’ plans.
With every signing other than Ameobi (who came in with no fee) under the age of 25, there seems to be an obvious theme of building towards the future, rather than banking on instant success, which may offer answers as to why Pulis felt the need to leave.
Of course, the Welshman will have been keen to do everything he could to secure safety for another season, but when looking at our business over the last few weeks in pure isolation, there is no doubt that the club, and Alan Pardew have one eye on the future as well as there here and now.