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McClaren Has Some Bad News For Newcastle Fans

8:40 am, Saturday, September 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Steve McClaren is adamant that Newcastle’s transfer policy of buying cheaper younger players, who are fairly inexperienced and have never played in the Premier League will not change.

We could see last Monday night that a more experienced player like Dimitri Payet is in a much better position to produce immediately in the Premier League.

That´s because he is older and more experienced, and he produced two great finishes to sink Newcastle and that was our third defeat in the first five league games.

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Steve McClaren – transfer policy will not change

Older players are also more expensive and also those who have proven themselves in the Premier League are more expensive as we saw when we were trying to get Charlie Austin through the door.

Steve McClaren has given an interview in the local press and was asked if he would have liked a proven Premier League player brought in over the summer:

“In hindsight, it is great.” “But the policy of the club is not going to change.”

“We are going to sign young talent, whether that is here or abroad. I think it is a young team – one of the lowest average ages – and I think that showed in the second half against West Ham on Monday.”

“What we have to do is make it grow up.” “Look, we have had five games, and the only time I have really been upset was 25 minutes after the second goal at West Ham.”

“We reacted well after the first goal. It could have been a different story had the keeper not made a great save from Daryl Janmaat, but 2-0 was the only time I had been angry.”

“Belief grows, and that will grow with performances and results.”

“I think that has grown to a certain degree in the first four games. It was a terrific performance and result at Manchester United.”

“Nobody expected to get us a point there.” “West Ham, Arsenal and Swansea were always going to be difficult. Southampton, first game, we got a point.”

“You can look, overall, and say ‘you know what, the first eight games … they are tough for a new team and coaching staff trying to create something new and different’.”

“That is tough. We knew it was going to be tough and painful and you have to go through it.”

“What you have got to do is, when you get that, like Monday, you have got to get a reaction and we have to get that against Watford.”

There are some advantages to Newcastle´s transfer policy and that is there is more chance of signing a superstar if a player is brought in young and he still has to develop.

That´s true of almost every one of the four players we brought in last summer for the first team squad – Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin – but they do need time to acclimatize to the Premier League.

That´s exactly what´s happening at the moment with a young Newcastle side,  and if we had brought in Charlie Austin, we would have surely scored more than two goals in the Premier League by now.

Hopefully, we can get Charlie in during he January transfer window and that should help us score more goals.

It would be good to temper Newcastle’s transfer policy now and again by bringing in  an experienced Premier League player, and Austin would have been an excellent example of a player like that.

But Newcastle´s current policy means it will always be dicey with the players we bring in,  and some will simply  never make it.

Remy Cabella is one good example of that,  and Emmanuel Riviere also struggled in his first season on Tyneside, and may not make it.

The transfer policy seems too rigid at Newcastle.

That´s one big reason Alan Pardew left the club because he was never allowed to bring in players who could have an immediate impact, and that’s what he’s doing at Crystal Palace now and they have started the season very well.

The last thing we want is another season fighting relegation – so we hope we can get 3 points against Watford at home today.

After all, these are the games we should be winning.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Sep 19, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Newcastle can see a problem we have but won’t fix it because of the business plan…football decisions made by football people making our own luck in action

  • 2 toonbrother // Sep 19, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    0 wins in 5
    soon to be 0 in 6
    wonder how long it will take stevie mac to see the futility in trying to win games wiith colo at the back

  • 3 jimmysmith // Sep 19, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Man U under the Glazers are something else aren’t they, and must have an uncertain, even precarious future. The owners load on a massive debt, and use the club as leverage for even more, and now are milking them for 15 mill a year in dividends. Unlike Abramovich and City’s sheiks they are in it purely for the cash and make Ashley look positively benevolent.

  • 4 banjax // Sep 19, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    The plan isn’t working and that young talent may never make the standard required to play in the premier league. It’s not surprising we find ourselves at the bottom and as long as policy continues we will stay there. Idiots !

  • 5 Fostino // Sep 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Mcclaren boasts an impressive record of 2 wins in his last 18. Basically 2 wins in 12 championship games with team that had the best squad on the championship ..derby

  • 6 mactoon // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    when we were trying to get Charlie Austin through the door?

    As far as I can see.. we didn’t try at all

    And at 26 I don’t see him fitting the daft policy of buying only young players

  • 7 KevinLee // Sep 19, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    then relegation next year




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