Jame Carragher has believes Newcastle United’s transfer policy in recent years has been baffling and questioned their decision not to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, the Daily Mail report.
The Magpies have begun the season when they left off the previous campaign, struggling for results and putting in abject performances with an evident lack of true identity.
Newcastle can’t place the blame on a lack of spending this summer, boss Steve McClaren shelling out roughly £50 million on players such as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum.
“Look at Newcastle as an example. Since the summer of 2012, they have bought 24 players but only two of them arrived at St James' Park with Premier League experience — and only one of that pair, Jack Colback, was English,” Carragher explained.
“They spent £50million in the last window on players such as Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic but look at their results — could English players from the Championship not have done more for Newcastle? Why did they pass up the chance to sign Charlie Austin?”
Newcastle’s transfer policy of buying foreign talent with bags of potential is a gamble – but isn’t that what the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have done for years?
The value of players has increased so much in recent seasons, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to sign proven English players as proven by the Hoops’ summer stance with Austin.
Where Newcastle have failed is having a true identity, though this only comes with time and implemented throughout the club in terms of coaching, managerial decisions and recruitment.
While the Magpies may look in a spot of bother now, writing their summer signings off already would be a mistake and McClaren in particular needs more time to get it right.