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Alan Pardew Aims A Direct Dig At Newcastle United’s Transfer Policy

Although many will claim that Pardew’s decision to quit Newcastle United for Crystal Palace in December 2014 was taken thanks to a mixture of fan pressure and a bigger wage packet, it seems as though the true reason behind Alan’s departure may well have been the club’s transfer policy.

Having lost their talismanic playmaker Yohan Cabaye to PSG in January of last year, the former Newcastle boss is reported to have fought long and hard with Mike Ashley over the need to replace the Frenchman, were the team to hold serious ambitions of securing a top half finish during the following campaign.

After a summer when Pardew was given some cash to spend, the timing of his move back to SE25 now looks telling, with a transfer window looming within which Mike Ashley was seemingly loathe to part with any of his personal fortune to strengthen a squad which badly needed help.

Speaking to the press on Friday, Pardew said:

“Newcastle were ninth when I left, with 26 points from 19 games. “They had a transfer window coming up as well, so they were in a good position, but they didn’t capitalise on that. I can’t give you a reason for that.”

It is telling that after years of toeing the company line whilst Mike Ashley paid his wages, the Palace boss is now far happier to critique the possible reasons for the Toon Army’s demise in a public setting. Clearly unhappy at the restraints he was being forced to work under, he took the opportunity to leave when it arose and hasn’t looked back since.

Still happy to speak positively about Newcastle’s supporters, Pardew has been vocal in expressing his desire for them to remain in the Premier League next season, but from a personal perspective, it is plain to see that he’s thankful to have escaped before it was too late.

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Crystal Palace V Swansea City: The Keys To Victory

Crystal Palace ruined yet another big day for Liverpool last weekend, winning 3-1 in Steven Gerrard’s last game at Anfield.

Yannick Bolasie has been widely regarded as Palace’s Player of the Season, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index backs this up. Bolasie has completed the fifth most dribbles in the Barclays Premier League with 91, as well as completing 26 crosses, the eleventh most in the division. He already has 12 assists to his name and a further four goals and will be looking to add to these tallies in the final game of the season. He is 13/4 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Joel Ward has had a superb season for Palace. The fullback has covered a squad best 368.72km so far this campaign, helping him to win 94 tackles. He has also made 171 clearances, 62 interceptions and 15 blocks this season, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Julian Speroni has been another impressive performer for Palace this campaign. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Eagles’ keeper has racked up 90 saves so far this term, at an average of 2.5 saves per game, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Swansea manager Garry Monk will be delighted with his side’s showing in the Barclays Premier League this season.

They will be hoping that their keeper Lukasz Fabianski provides one more display to the same quality that he has delivered all season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that the Swans’ shot stopper has racked up 131 saves so far this season, more than any other goalkeeper in the league.

In the middle of the park, Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in inspired form for Swansea, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows just how hard he works for the team. He has covered a squad best 357.41km and his hard work has seen his team reap the rewards, having seen him rack up 39 interceptions, scoring seven goals and setting up a further ten. He is 16/5 to score anytime with 888sport.com.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams has been a rock at the back for the Swans throughout the season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he has won 68.9% of his 61 tackles this term, as well as making 394 clearances and 100 interceptions – which are the second and third highest totals in the Barclays Premier League respectively.

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