NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has hailed the quality of his summer signings.
The Magpies have been extremely active in the transfer market since the end of last season, signing nine new players.
Two of those – Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow – have returned to Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan, but the rest are available for Pardew this season.
In particular, Newcastle have brought a number of attacking players to the club such as Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere, and Pardew is expecting big things from them.
He said: “We’ve brought in some real quality this year, and with the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye last year, it was important to add some offensive stability to our team and to strengthen it.
“We’re really pleased with the work we’ve done but the proof is in the pudding and we need to deliver on Sunday at four o’clock against the champions but we’re looking forward to it.
“We’re in a good shape and we had a good pre-season.”
Newcastle remain in the market for another striker, having been linked to the likes of Loic Remy, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, and Pardew believes the extra firepower at his disposal will make his side more entertaining to watch this season.
“I think we’re going to play a brand of football that Newcastle United fans expect because towards the back end of last year we just didn’t have enough offensive players to put on the kind of performances that we’re used to,” he added.
“So this year we’ve got a lot of options from the bench, a big squad of good quality.
“Siem de Jong from Ajax, Cabella from France. A mixture of players, Jack (Colback) from just down the road, so we’ve looked out far and wide because it’s a difficult agenda for us to get players who are good enough to play on this stage.”
Pardew was speaking at an open day at St James’s Park today in which fans could watch the team train.