Don Hutchison explains the transfer problem Newcastle will now start to face

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Hutchison believes that Newcastle’s falling reputation will hurt them in the transfer window.

Speaking to the Chronicle, former Premier League veteran Hutchison has suggested that Newcastle will now struggle to sign big players, with their falling reputation taking them out of the ‘big club’ bracket they resided in for so long.

The former midfielder said: “Most players, historically, would jump at the chance to play for a club like that [Newcastle]. But would you say the same about Mike Ashley’s Newcastle? I think you have to be honest now and say that if you were a player coming from France, Germany or Holland, you’d definitely pick Southampton over Newcastle now.

“In fact, you might even pick West Ham, Stoke or perhaps even Crystal Palace if you had the options laid out in front of you.”

It is true that Newcastle has lost much of the glamour that existed around them from the 1990’s and even from just a few years ago, when they could still entice international stars from around the globe to St James’ Park.

Yet now they are signing players who they know will be sold a few years down the line, helping to balance the books, as well as setting said transfers onto the path to a bigger Premier League club.

The Magpies are now no longer a great force of English football, but a club who act as a farm system for European footballers to make a name for themselves.

Whilst a logical business model following Mike Ashley’s takeover, as he looked to secure the club’s long-term future, his desire to continue such a model has cost the Magpies success on the field of play, and a number of great players that have turned out on Tyneside in recent years.

It is unfair to state that Ashley has always been bad for Newcastle, as he has not, but, right now, he is really not the man who should be running that club, as he pulls them apart with each passing day.

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