Rob Lee worried Newcastle will sell Papiss Cisse without replacing him

The former Magpies midfielder was critical of the club's transfer policy in recent years.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee has been discussing his old club's transfer fortunes on Kicca, and has revealed that he wouldn't be surprised if last season's top scorer Papiss Cisse was sold this summer.

The ex England international, who played 379 games for the Magpies across 10 years, thinks the worst thing about any sale of the Senegalese striker is he could imagine Newcastle deciding not to sign a replacement.

“Cisse is the latest player linked to move away from the club and I am sure he will be sold off if the right offer comes in for him," Lee has said on Kicca.

“Although it will not be a total disaster if he does go, he is still the one player at the club who can score goals.

“The fans’ biggest fear is that Newcastle let Cisse go and then don't replace him with anyone. That way the club and the squad just keeps getting weaker."

Cisse scored 11 goals in 22 matches for Newcastle last season, a huge return to form after a disappointing campaign the season before, and there have been rumours about his future at St James's Park since the season ended, despite the 30-year-old telling the Mail that he wants to stay.

Lee was part of what was a high-flying period for the Magpies in the 1990s, where the club competed for a series of top players in the transfer market, with the world record £15 million signing of homegrown favourite Alan Shearer the clearest indication of how big a force Newcastle were in the early days of the Premier League

But since the turn of the century, the former midfielder has been disappointed to see his club struggle to compete for the big players, and instead end up becoming somewhat of a selling club.

“Newcastle United have gone from being one of the country’s big spending clubs to one that will sell anybody," Lee added.

“When I was there, we signed star players – like Alan Shearer – now the club doesn’t seem to buy anybody. It’s transformed into one of the Premier League’s selling clubs."

And the 49-year-old urged new Magpies boss Steve McClaren to invest in some new faces, even if expectations will be low from the Toon Army.

“The transfer window has been open for nearly three weeks and they haven’t signed one player," Lee said. "Let’s see what happens over the next sixty odd days.

“However, most Newcastle fans will not be expecting a lot. They’ve become used to watching their best players being sold off and not being replaced.”

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