John Barnes has been giving Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez some advice on signings.

The Newcastle Manager has already shown that age and origin is no barrier when it comes to signing players, recruiting 33 year olds Daryl Murphy and Jesus Gamez, plus signing senior  players from the likes of Italy and Spain, as well as from other English clubs.

Last summer the United boss bought players both from the Premier League and others from Championship clubs.

John Barnes was asked that if Newcastle went up, should they concentrate solely/mainly on signings who already have Premier League experience.

The former Newcastle (and Liverpool & England) winger thinks that if Rafa Benitez gets Newcastle back into the top tier, the only criteria is whether they are ‘good enough’.

Barnes signed for Newcastle in 1997 when he was only a few months short of his 34th birthday and went on to be United’s top scorer that season with an embarrassingly low total of six league goals.

He says that ‘it doesn’t matter where they come from’ but believes that Newcastle will ‘do ok’ if/when they get promotion.

John Barnes speaking to HITC Sport:

“Good players, no matter where they play, whether in England, whether playing in Italy, Germany, Spain – it is a question of the players they can get.

“There’s no point getting English players if they’re not good enough, no point getting Italian players if they’re not good enough.

“It doesn’t matter where they come from.

“They just have to be good enough to fulfil your aspirations and Newcastle are an ambitious club, so I’m sure they will do ok.”

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