Sol Campbell discusses Newcastle's January spending, focuses on Andros Townsend

Sol Campbell believes Steve McClaren has gone against his philosophy in the January transfer window.

Sol Campbell is quoted by The Chronicle as saying that Newcastle United have had to completely change their strategy simply in order to avoid relegation.

The Magpies currently sit 18th in the Premier League table, meaning they occupy one of the three relegation spots - and are two points away from safety right now.

After Wednesday's 2-0 defeat away at Everton, manager Steve McClaren desperately needs a victory against West Bromwich Albion at St. James' Park this afternoon.

He will be able to call upon his January signings though, as Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Seydou Doumbia are all expected to be involved.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Newcastle splashed out £28.5m in January, all to keep them in the Premier League - and former Magpies defender Sol Campbell has had his say on matters at St. James' Park.

Campbell is quoted by The Chronicle as saying that Newcastle - who initially set out in the summer to sign young foreign players with high potential, such as Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic - have now changed their strategy completely in order to stay up.

Campbell also focused on the £12m (reported by BBC Sport) signing of Andros Townsend, suggesting that he can kickstart his career on Tyneside, having been frozen out with previous club Tottenham.

"Newcastle may not have got their man (Saido Berahino) but they still spent big in the January window, signing Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet from Bordeaux," said Campbell. "McClaren seems to have gone against his philosophy a bit but it’s a reflection of Newcastle’s current situation they find themselves in. With the threat of relegation looming they have decided to buy their way out of trouble."

"Football’s like that sometimes, you have one idea of how to do things and it goes to pot and you have to pivot. The January transfer window is vital for clubs such as Newcastle and Norwich who have a bit of money to spend but find themselves in a precarious position in the league."

"Not only that, players who find themselves out in the wilderness, such as Andros Townsend, can kick-start their careers. It wouldn’t be fair to make the player and club wait until the summer, when frankly, the opportunity may already have gone," he added.

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