Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has had his say on the club’s transfer policy while writing his column for the Sun, and the pundit is clearly not impressed by what he has seen at St James’ Park this season.
Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League after crashing to a 5-1 defeat away to Crystal Palace on Saturday, and with only Aston Villa below them in the table as things stand, Magpies manager Steve McClaren has a huge challenge on his hands to ensure they are not relegated come May.
Newcastle made a number of new signings in the summer, with Florian Thauvin, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum all coming in, but only the latter has really impressed to date and Shearer feels his former club got things wrong in terms of transfer policy.
Writing in the Sun, Shearer said, “It is no coincidence that both Newcastle and Aston Villa have the same recruitment policy and find themselves bottom and second bottom.
“They want to buy younger players who can grow and they can then sell on for a profit. None of the players bought by Newcastle this summer were Steve McClaren buys.”
Newcastle do of course have plenty of time to turn things round, but the worrying thing is they are not losing but the odd goal, but being thoroughly outplayed by more often than not right now, and that is simply not good enough for the fans who deserve so much better.