Chris Waddle has described as ‘peanuts’ what Newcastle spent this summer in the transfer market.
The former Newcastle player says that spending £12m/£13m on a player is relative ‘peanuts’ compared to ‘a lot of clubs’.
For most fans, it wasn’t so much the amount of money spent this summer, it was the positions in the team that it was spent on, plus the fact that all four big signings were once again young players from abroad who were unknown qualities in the Premier League.
The general feeling being that the defence needed more than just Chancel Mbemba being added, whilst another striker was also essential to share the burden with Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Chris Waddle is right up to a point, but only a small one.
Spending £10m – £13m on a player isn’t a stand out figure these days but it is kind of the going rate for the majority of clubs that Newcastle are competing with.
The likes of Aston Villa, West Ham, Swansea, Stoke, Sunderland and others, all willing to pay that kind of money.
You then also get certain stand out ones such as when last season Everton paid £28m for Lukaku, a striker who is pivotal to their team, as we hope Aleksandar Mitrovic will be to Newcastle.
Waddle thinks if McClaren can get them organised and playing with confidence they have ‘a chance’ of climbing out of the trouble.
Whilst he believes Sunderland are nailed on for relegation unless they sort out a defence which has already conceded 16 goals in the league.
“They are buying players for £10m, £12m, £13m, but to a lot of clubs that is peanuts, let’s be honest. They work to a certain budget and you get a certain quality player.
“But if Steve McClaren can get them organised, if he can get the confidence in them, they’ve got a chance then possibly of getting up the league.”
“They have got a problem with their defence. I mean, it’s not rocket science, you can see the back four has not gelled.
“They are conceding a lot of goals, too many goals – bad goals as well. Let us be honest, he (Advocaat) needs a couple of defenders if they’re going to get out of this.
“If you can sort the defence out, then they will have a chance, but at this minute, you’re going to say they’ll do very well to survive the Premier League this year.”