Harry Redknapp is out of work as a football coach at the moment, so he’s filling in as a pundit and he has today talked about Newcastle United and yes – we are in deep trouble unless we can start winning some football games soon.
Harry Redknapp – Newcastle need more British players
This is what Harry has said to BT Sport today:
“I’ve worked with Steve McClaren, he is very, very good, enthusiastic and a good coach.”
“It is massive – Tim Krul’s injury – massive.”
“Whoever has brought the players in, that is what they need to look at, he hasn’t brought those players in.”
“It is about time they started looking to bring in some British players as well, it is a club full of… it seems to be a French club almost.”
“They seem to come from everywhere but here.”
As far as British players go we had none starting in our last game at Manchester City although Jamaal Lascelles did come on for the injured Kevin Mbabu after 53 minutes.
We don’t have many British players in the squad and we really seem to rely too much on players from the continent who cost us less in transfer fees, but they are also higher risk and take some time to settle into the English game.
And some don’t settle at all, like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere who were both signed a year ago and haven’t made it.
As far as French players we had two starting at City – Sissoko and Gouffran – but Yoan is not a regular at Newcastle – so we really have a lot less French players than we used to have.
Players like Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran and Manu Riviere may be leaving the club in January too.
We did buy Florian Thauvin in the summer from Marseille, but he’s struggling to make any impact so far.
It will be interesting to see who we sign in January because we need those players to make an immediate contribution to the side – if at all possible.
What do you think?