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.
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?