NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has hailed his “famous five” new signings.
The Magpies have landed Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux since the end of last season, and are still working on other targets.
However, with Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling now back to full fitness, Pardew is also looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the squad.
He said today: “I am really pleased with the way the squad is taking shape. I’m excited.
“You could say we have got five new players who we didn’t have last year.
“We have obviously lost Kevin Nolan, but we have gained Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux – and then there is Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling.
“Hatem could be the best signing if he stays fit all year, and we are looking forward to seeing what Dan can do as well.”
Pardew’s search for new players is continuing behind the scenes, with an interest in several targets including midfielders Darron Gibson, Tranquillo Barnetta and Blaise Matuidi, plus striker Mevlut Erdinc.
But he is delighted with the business he has done already this summer.
“Cabaye is a ball-manoeuverer, someone who can work the ball and make a pass that has an incisiveness to it,” said Pardew.
“He can unlock the door, and comes to us full of confidence on the back of winning the league and cup double with Lille.
“Ba is an out-and-out goalscorer, a winner, and will certainly give everything he’s got. I expect him to get between 15 and 25 goals this year.
“Marveaux has impressed and, because of his contract situation, he didn’t play a lot last season, but that means he comes to us fresh. We think there is a lot to come from him.
“He works off the left-hand side as a rule, can play off either foot and will certainly give us competition for [Jonas] Gutierrez and Joey [Barton] on both flanks. They are really nice options for us.
“The only way the players are good value is if they are a big success for the team, and hopefully they will be, playing at a venue as big as Newcastle.”