Newcastle started the 2013/2014 season very brightly, indicating that they may end up challenging for Europe. However, a poor run in January and a drop off in form meant that they had to settle for a mid-table finish.
Pardew will definitely be looking for reinforcements with the loss of Cabaye, and the loss of their main goal threat Loic Remy has never really been replaced. Alan Pardew himself was also involved in some controversy with the head-butt on Hull City’s David Meyler, which he was punished for.
STAR MAN – Tim KRUL
The Dutchman has earned a reputation of one of the best keepers in the Premier League, and has thrived being Newcastle’s number one. With a price of 4.5m he could be one of the bargain keepers of this season, however the Newcastle defence will need to be more organized to allow Krul to pick up those clean sheet bonuses.
Notably, the Holland international played a vital part of their World Cup run, coming on in the 119th minute for Cillisen for the penalty shootout. Krul played a vital part in the shoutout, saving two, helping Holland to progress into the next round.
HIDDEN GEM – SIEM DE JONG
Newcastle have picked up the Ajax captain, who can play either in attacking midfield or as a striker. Siem de Jong himself progressed through the youth system at Ajax, and has proved his quality by captaining his side and scoring 78 goals in 250 appearances for the club. Now at Newcastle, Pardew and the club will hope he can continue this form and be a presence in the Premier League as well.