Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace team seem to be trying to emulate Newcastle United from two seasons ago - at least that's what their purchases and links with players would suggest.
They seem to have been linked with every player that has ever played for Newcastle.
I wouldn't be surprised if I turned on the news to find out that Paul Gascoigne has turned up at Selhurst Park for his medical.
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They have already been linked with Demba Ba, Loic Remy, Fabriccio Coloccini, Tim Krul and have already signed Yohan Cabaye.
The signing of Cabaye is a brilliant one for Palace but they need to be careful where they tread. They need to remember that this team along with Pardew as manager, failed at Newcastle.
Signings could fail at Palace
Palace are a club with a good foundation and great fans, they need to take notice of how this team performed when they were at Newcastle.
If they failed at Newcastle, who by the way are a hell of a lot bigger than Palace, then they are twice as likely to fail at Selhurst Park - especially with Pardew as manager.
An argument could be made that because Palace are a lot smaller than Newcastle that they won't feel as much pressure to perform. However, this is the Premier League and they should be under a lot of pressure to perform every week no matter who they play for. Especially with the wages they are paid.
Pardew is a bad manager
The point is, why try to emulate something that failed? Where is the logic in that? They need to move on from those players. Newcastle have sold and moved on from most of them now, so it would be foolish of Palace to then go an reassemble the same team. Or a similar one.
Alan Pardew is a bad manager - it's as simple as that. He has failed everywhere he has gone in his career and if Palace and Steve Parish allow him to do this then he will drive Crystal Palace straight back in to the Championship.
They need to be careful. They need to take more than one lesson and if things get to anywhere near where they were at Newcastle, they need to do what Newcastle failed to do and get rid of him before it all goes pear shaped.
What do you guys think, are Palace targeting the right players? Leave us a comment and tell us what you reckon.
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