Jamie Carragher says that Newcastle United used to represent excitement in the Premier League but now when he looks at the club, he sees a lot of money spent on foreign players who ‘are not actually doing anything’.
The Sky pundit wonders if Mike Ashley is thinking that the tens of millions have been wasted in the transfer market this summer, as well as what was spent previously.
With Newcastle propping up the rest of the Premier League it is difficult to argue against what the Scouser is saying, unless/until the players start winning some football matches.
Carragher was speaking after West Ham strolled to victory on Monday night and said that Newcastle;e carried no threat up front, whilst at the same time so vulnerable to counter-attacks.
This was perfectly illustrated by the second goal, Newcastle’s players huffing and puffing to get back after losing the ball deep in West Ham’s half, leaving it two on two and Payet hammering the ball into the net after the black and whites were lucky to see Victor Moses’ effort come back off the bar.
As fans we hope that it is early days and as Steve McClaren says, the new players will have learnt a lot from last night’s match.
The problem though is that these new signings are having to learn on the job, without the luxury of being eased into the Premier League.
Not sure though what excuses you can use for some of our players who have been around for years?
Jamie Carragher speaking on Sky Sports:
“It is the same story with Newcastle, a new manager and £40m-50m spent, but it is still the same.
“Mistakes at the back, getting counter-attacked, no threat up front – Newcastle used to be about exciting things happening but they’re buying these players from abroad, spending a lot of money of them, and they’re not actually doing anything.
Mike Ashley is probably thinking…
“They have spent as much money as some of the top teams in Europe and you don’t see what they are getting for it.
“Newcastle are certainly one of those teams who, over the years, can’t be happy with their recruitment and the money they have spent. Mike Ashley is probably thinking ‘I’ve spent £40m-50m and it’s no different, we are just continually wasting money’.”