Kieron Dyer suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, March 11) that Newcastle United should not have signed Andros Townsend or Jonjo Shelvey in the January transfer window.
The Magpies signed winger Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur, while midfielder Shelvey moved from Swansea City.
Former Newcastle midfielder Dyer has suggested that Newcastle should have signed a proven goalscorer instead of two midfield players.
“They obviously spent big with Shelvey and Townsend,” said the former England international on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, March 11).
“As an outsider looking in, it seemed to me that they were struggling to put the ball in the back of the net. They needed a goalscorer, someone who can score 20 goals a season.
“They brought in Shelvey and Townsend. They can create the chances, but for me they need someone who is going to actually put the ball in the back of the net.
“Yeah, Shelvey and Townsend are good players, but were they the answer that Newcastle needed? I am not so sure.”
Townsend was struggling for playing time at Tottenham, while Shelvey was not playing well at Swansea this season before their respective moves to Newcastle.
Both the players have Premier League experience, and perhaps that was the thinking of the club behind signing them.
Newcastle have scored just 28 goals in as many Premier League matches this campaign, and it shows that the Magpies are struggling to put the ball in the back of the opposition net.
The Magpies did sign forward Seydou Doumbia on loan from AS Roma in the January transfer window, but the Ivory Coast international has managed just two league appearances so far.
Newcastle will take on Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League this evening.