John Carver believes that Newcastle’s foreign players do not understand playing on Tyneside.
Speaking to the Independent, Carver believes that there is a problem in Newcastle’s squad which means they cannot properly compete in derby games.
The temporary head coach said: “There’s something in the make-up of this group – and I say within their DNA – that when it comes to a derby game, there’s something not right. No matter how hard you try and no matter what you try and do, it’s an issue.”
Carver’s admission is in relation to the foreign players amongst the Magpies squad, of which there are many.
The Tyneside club have spent many years utilising the foreign transfer markets in the knowledge that players are available for much cheaper than the same quality player would be for in England.
Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran and Remy Cabella are just some of the players brought in from abroad, and who have impressed in various outings.
However, not being from the local area, there is a sense that they do not understand what it means to be a Newcastle player. The majority of the team did not show up when the Toon faced local rivals Sunderland last week, and it has been put down to a lack of ambition from the foreign players.
There have been calls for the likes of Adam Armstrong and Tom Heardman to be included in the first-team in recent weeks due to their local upbringing, and although they are young, there is a suggestion that they would be more motivated to appear for Newcastle than their foreign contemporaries.
There is no doubting the quality of Newcastle foreign players, but a lack of local identity has cost them, and it would come as no surprise to see the Magpies targeting local players in a new-look transfer policy - starting this summer.