Lee: Pardew has a job on his hands

first_imgFormer Newcastle skipper Rob Lee has warned Alan Pardew he faces a major fight to hold on to his best players if owner Mike Ashley does not back him with hard cash this summer. However, Lee believes it could take far more than that for Pardew to rebuild a squad which may yet be further depleted during the closed-season. Asked if four big signings would be enough, the 48-year-old former midfielder, an ambassador for the Budweiser Open Trials campaign, which will provide amateur footballers with the opportunity to play at Wembley in front of professional scouts, told Press Association Sport: “It’s a start. Is it enough? No, probably not. “Is [Loic] Remy going to sign for us? I am sure after the season he has had – he’s only on loan – he will have a lot of options and if he sees Newcastle selling Cabaye, their best player, what’s he going to think? “It’s not as though he’s going to have a shortage of offers, so my instinct would say he won’t sign, so you have got to replace him; there are rumours that [Papiss] Cisse is not happy and is going to go; Shola Ameobi is out of contract; [Cheick] Tiote, is he going to be happy with Cabaye going? I think there will be a lot of people after him. “You have to keep these people happy – [Fabricio] Coloccini again, is he going to stay? There were rumours he wanted to go back anyway. “Again, it comes down to when you start selling players, your best players that are left are not going to be happy.” Lee was not surprised to see Cabaye leave the club after he was unsettled by Arsenal’s bid in August, but was astonished that a replacement had not been lined up before PSG were given the green light. He said: “Everybody knew it was coming. That’s fine, but you have to have somebody lined up to replace him. He’s your best player. “He went very, very cheaply as well – if you look at [Juan] Mata going for £37million, he’s a bargain, he’s an absolute bargain for PSG. “We had to have someone lined up to replace him straight away, but typical Newcastle, we didn’t.” Whatever happens during the summer, Pardew faces the task of trying to plug the gap left by Cabaye. His initial attempt to do that in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby proved less than effective as Newcastle were trounced 3-0 by Sunderland to invite further recriminations after a dreadful week or so for the club, and Lee admits the manager has a problem on his hands. He said: “You look around and you think is there anybody there who can actually do that at the moment? I would say no. “It’s a major rebuild for Newcastle in the summer, but it depends how much money you are given. For a major rebuild, you need to spend a lot of money. Will Mike Ashley give him that money to do that?” *The Budweiser Open Trials, in association with BT Sport, will see six regional trials take place across the country. The trials will culminate in a showpiece match at Wembley Stadium. Those who make the cut will have one last chance to prove it’s never too late to achieve your dream as they play in front of professional scouts. Watch the first part of the Budweiser Open Trials on BT Sport on Saturday 8th March as part of its FA Cup coverage and subscribe to YouTube.com/BudweiserUK Pardew this week revealed he wants to make up to four major signings as he prepares for the new campaign having lost star man Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain last month. The £19million-plus the Magpies banked for the France international remains untouched after since-departed director of football Joe Kinnear failed to find a replacement before the transfer deadline. Press Associationlast_img read more

Julian Buescher operates from defensive position in wake of Juuso Pasanen’s injury

first_img Published on October 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Julian Buescher doesn’t have the height of Juuso Pasanen — the two-inch difference preventing him from consistently winning headers. He doesn’t have the physicality either, lacking the ability to muscle opponents off the ball as effectively as his teammate.But for the second game in a row, Buescher will likely have to take Pasanen’s spot on the field.“He has the same role as Juuso did,” midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “Keep moving the ball and be a shield for our center backs.”Pasanen and midfielder Korab Syla both have “a little way to go” before coming back from injuries, head coach Ian McIntyre said. They’re day-to-day, though Buescher is “pretty sure” Pasanen will be back for the postseason.The injuries have pushed Buescher, Syracuse’s most offensive player, back to its most defensive midfield position. It took the Orange almost 75 minutes to score against North Carolina State on Friday, but SU was able to come back for the 2-1 victory. No. 12 Syracuse (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) will try to find a way to do the same in its second— and possibly last — full game with its altered lineup when it heads to Boston College (8-6-1, 3-4) on Friday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU is currently sits at sixth place in the conference. With a win and some help it could earn the No. 4 seed and host a game in the second round of the ACC tournament along with getting a first-round bye.“It went OK on Friday,” Buescher said. “I hope I do better next Friday. I think then I am done with it for the season, but I don’t mind the position at all.”What Buescher lacks in size and physicality he makes up for in ball handling and stamina, Alseth said. Buescher added that he relies on the “big guys” behind him to win the headers coming his way.From the defensive midfield, Buescher can dictate the game a little bit more, he said. In the past, playing the attacking midfield, he’s often too far forward to maneuver the ball around the field and is the one receiving the pass instead of distributing it.Sometimes Buescher edges up in situations where Pasanen would stay back, midfielder Andreas Jenssen said, forcing him or Alseth to cover defensively. Buescher said he’ll try to go forward even more against Boston College and see how it works out.“Getting that balance in midfield without Juuso in there … everyone is adapting and changing their roles a little bit,” McIntyre said.Buescher has been one of the main catalysts for Syracuse’s 16th-ranked scoring offense — leading the team with seven goals, seven assists, 21 points and 47 shots. Whenever his position shifted from center attacking midfielder earlier in the season, it was to a forward position next to Ben Polk.Friday was just the third time all season he didn’t register a shot on goal — a product of his move to center defensive midfielder.“He has been a guy responsible for a lot of the things we’ve been producing forward so it puts some more responsibility on the rest of us playing up there,” Alseth said. “We’ve just got to embrace the challenge. … It’s time for the rest of us to step up.”Polk has emerged as the Orange’s second-leading point producer and defender Louis Cross netted just his third goal in two seasons with SU to win the game against N.C. State on Friday.Even Jenssen had a prime scoring chance that he pushed just wide.Alseth said there were concerns going into the N.C. State game, but the team learned it could win without Pasanen, without Syla and with one of its most dangerous offensive weapons seldom in the attacking third.Against Boston College, Syracuse will have to prove it again.Said McIntyre: “We’ll find a way as we did on Friday.” Commentslast_img read more