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Gary Neville Says Newcastle’s High Risk Transfer Strategy Has Failed Pardew

6 years ago

Gary Neville has looked at Newcastle United’s transfer strategy over the summer and found that it came up well short of what was needed.

The Sky pundit believing it was obvious United had to bring in ‘tried and trusted’ players who had already proved themselves in the Premier League.

Neville seeing instead that Newcastle had once again gambled on cheap imports who have found the step up to the Premier League far too big, at least in the short-term;

“Newcastle have had a recruitment policy where they have brought in players, some of them half well known, some of them not really well known, particularly from France and they’ve done ok with that.

“If ever Alan Pardew needed a certainty this summer it was people who were tried and trusted in the Premier League, players he knew would hit the ground running for him. They brought in Riviere and Cabella who have not adapted to this league.

“There is a much higher risk attached to those types of signings than there is with players who have already been here, settled and done it over a period of one to three years.”

Gary Neville though doubts how much influence Alan Pardew has when it comes to signings;

“I’m not sure if Alan Pardew is in control of the signings at the club, but I would have to say that if I was him this summer, knowing there was pressure at the end of last season, he needed tried and trusted and he hasn’t got that.”

Either way, we are all seeing now what most fans could in reality see over the summer.

While other clubs invested heavily on players, especially strikers, Mike Ashley has tried to do it on the cheap, and we have all seen just how poor Cabella and Riviere have been so far.


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