Newcastle have endured a torrid start to their Premier League campaign, picking up just three points in eight matches and losing their last outing 6-1 to Manchester City.
The gamble to bring in Steve McClaren in the summer is so far proving tragic, yet Redknapp feels the Magpies’ problems begin with their players rather than the former England coach.
“Steve McClaren is a good manager, probably better than some of the managers at the top of the division, but he has not got the players at Newcastle,” Redknapp wrote.
“He has got some poor ones and it does not look like they have helped him much in the summer with the ones they signed. And guess who Big Sam’s first home game at Sunderland is against? That’s right, Newcastle. That’s going to be massive for both clubs.”
The warning signs were there for Newcastle with regards to their squad long before McClaren arrived.
Last season, the Magpies plummeted down the table and suffered an eight-game losing streak, the longest consecutive run of top-flight defeats in Newcastle’s history.
The squad needed a major overhaul in the summer, yet only five new players were signed and none of them held any previous Premier League experience.
Georginio Wijnaldum arrived boasting international experience with Holland, but the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin are young and far from the finished article.
Mistakes were aplenty in the summer, and boss Steve McClaren has been dealt the shortest of straws when ranking the quality and depth of his squad compared to Newcastle’s competitors.