John Carver explains why Newcastle should attempt to copy Tottenham's transfer policy

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John Carver says Tottenham are a great example of what Newcastle should be doing in the transfer market.

Former Newcastle United manager John Carver has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks the Magpies should be looking to emulate Tottenham Hotspur in the transfer market.

Carver, who left St. James' Park at the end of last season having narrowly kept the club in the Premier League with a final day win over West Ham United, is now watching on as his boyhood club struggle under Steve McClaren.

Newcastle were hammered 3-0 at home to Leicester City on Saturday, with the Magpies still struggling to find their feet with McClaren at the helm.

Money may have been spent over the summer, but players like Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic have failed to make much of an impact in the Premier League so far.

With that in mind, former boss Carver has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that the club need to alter their transfer policy - and possibly copy Tottenham Hotspur.

"The key to it is recruitment and you have to recruit the right personalities," said Carver. "You look at Tottenham and how they have recruited British players. Newcastle have a philosophy of going for Dutch and French players and you don’t know your players as well."

"We know the players in this country and have enough contacts to find out about them mentally and psychologically, so then we can do more homework on them, the due diligence. Doing that with players from abroad it is very difficult to do, unless you’re working with top players. The recruitment has to be looked at."

"Jamie Vardy has shown that there are players in non-league, the Championship, League One, League Two but you have to have a structure in place that makes you recruit and develop, and put the resources in to scout these players in England," he added.

Spurs have snapped up British players such as Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies and Dele Alli since Mauricio Pochettino's appointment back in 2014, and that core of homegrown players - along with the club's youth products such as Ryan Mason and Harry Kane - has given them the platform to challenge for the top four.

Newcastle teased that they would follow a similar strategy by signing Northampton Town's Ivan Toney over the summer, but Carver is right - the Magpies have to continue to look for young, up and coming English players rather than solely looking abroad as they have recently.

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