Originally Posted by norbac
It seems Pardew was satisfied with his squad after their terrific run last season and chose not to make any changes. Kind of backfired depth wise since they were hit with so many injuries. Ben Arfa is huge for them and he has been away for much of the season. Cabaye being back is great and with Sissoko beeffing up the mid field attack, they should have a handful of options when Ben Arfa is fit. Tiote will also let the attacking midfielders be more creative. With the squad they have, especially when healthy, they should be in the upper half.
I'm sure he was delighted with his squad from last year
the problem is that if you don't spend, there are alot of teams around you who are. Just standing still in the market usually means the next season is a struggle.
Even Man Utd and Ferguson acknowledge they have to improve their squad every summer, even after winning the title.