Pardew - 'Let's Hope Debuchy Passes Medical'
Alan Pardew is confident he will find a replacement for Demba Ba after seeing his side slip deeper into relegation trouble.
Alan Pardew: "There is a positive because if he had gone with two days to go of the window and we hadn't got a replacement in, suddenly we are in real trouble.
"We have got time and hopefully that will work in our favour.
"Demba has been honourable. When he came, there weren't too many people queuing up.
"I took the opportunity to take him and the clause that went in made a lot of sense at the time for us and for Demba, of course.
"If he hadn't worked out, maybe as well as he has, then it would have been a great deal for us. But it worked out even better for him because he has scored loads of goals and the clause has kicked in and he's moved on.
"We were all straight and fair with that and there has not been any problem.
"Fingers crossed that Debuchy passes the medical, that's probably the key to that because I hear the discussions have gone well on the finance side.
"He's a player that we really needed tonight - he might have made a difference tonight.
"Let's be honest, we have had an awful run, but I thought tonight we gave a really honest account and we can't ask for more than that from the players we had on the pitch.
"But in the end, Everton had a bit more guile, a bit more experience and a bit more quality, and that's what we need to bring back.
"We have played Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, three really, really top teams without our best team, far from it, but we have to take heart from the performances we are giving.
"But that ain't enough. We need some new bodies in, we need some bodies out of the treatment room and we need to get our best side back on the pitch because we won't hide form the fact that we are right in it now and we have got to get out of it."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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