Former Newcastle United player Rob Lee says he's fed up with unmotivated players joining the club.
Former Newcastle United player Rob Lee has told the Chronicle that he’s tired of foreign players joining the club before pressing for moves away from St James Park.
Lee has suggested that the key moving forward for the club, is to assemble a squad of players connected to the identity of the team, understanding what it means to be part of Newcastle United.
The paper suggests that Steve McClaren will be the man tasked with taking the club forward, with a big challenge ahead in terms of improving the squad before the return of the Premier League in August.
“I’m fed up with foreign players coming here, realising where it is and wanting to go down south. Newcastle United are a big club, not one you should be using as a stepping stone,” he said.
“If you speak to British players like Charlie Austin, they know what Newcastle’s all about. They would love to play in front of 52,000 Geordies every week.”
The struggles which surrounded the club last season in the fight to stay up, should have created a determination for Newcastle to really develop in the right way.
One of the ways the club can achieve that is by a sensible approach to the transfer market and it’s important that the new manager is backed.
The board has to show ambition in terms of the calibre of the players coming in and they also need to show they have learned lessons from the past in terms of not buying players with the intention of making a profit in the future.
As Lee suggests, Newcastle are a big club and one which should be competing in the top half of the Premier League table.