FRUSTRATED Alan Pardew accused his fringe players of failing to take their big opportunity after they flopped in Bordeaux – and has warned them they will be loaned out in the New Year to learn the game.
Newcastle United’s manager has lost patience with his young players after a deeply disappointing night in France that showed just how far some of his up-and-coming players have to go.
A United team that was comprised of inexperienced younger stars and fringe men was comprehensively outplayed by the Ligue 1 side last night, failing to cause Bordeaux enough problems as they slumped to a 2-0 reverse.
Cheick Diabaté’s brace gave the hosts top spot in Group D but that mattered much less to Pardew than the performance of players who seem to still have much to learn about life as a Newcastle player.
Newcastle will now look to make the likes of Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier and Nile Ranger available for loan in the New Year in a bid to get game minutes under their belt – because Pardew thinks their tutelage is not complete.
The United boss also subtly turned up the pressure on owner Mike Ashley by expressing his hope that by the end of the January transfer window Newcastle will have a much stronger squad.
Managing director Derek Llambias was in attendance at Stade Chaban-Delmas and will surely have recognised the need for Newcastle to make additions in the transfer window. An angry Pardew pulled no punches in his assessment of the performance.
“It was disappointing. Both teams had qualified so that made it difficult psychologically,” he said.