For Newcastle United and Sunderland, this season has not gone to plan. The North East outfits are still looking for their first wins of the new campaign, and currently occupy the bottom two spots in the Premier League table.
Advocaat suggests Newcastle's opening has been worse, due to the amount of money that they spent over the summer, when compared to his Sunderland side - who were slightly more restrained in the transfer market.
“I don’t want to say anything about Newcastle, but they spent £50million, which is a bit different to what we have done," he said.
Newcastle's summer buys have struggled to adapt to English football, with the likes of Florian Thauvin and Georginio Wijnaldum both failing to live up to their lavish price-tags so far.
The Magpies have struggled in front of goal, but they are also conceding at an alarming rate, as the problems they experienced last season don't seem to have been rectified.
Sunderland's squad has not been assembled on the cheap either, though, and for the amount of money that they have invested, the team should be performing better.
The Black Cats brought in Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini for big money over the summer, and there can be no excuses for their poor start either.