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Gary Neville gives honest assessment of PIF's transfer approach at Newcastle

Gary Neville believes Newcastle United’s new owners are approaching transfers in the ‘best way’ possible.

A lot was expected when the Magpies were taken over last year, suddenly boasting the tag of the richest club in the world. We became backed by the financial muscle of PIF, and were being tipped to sign the biggest names in football.

But with less than a month left in the new owners’ second transfer window in charge, that hasn’t been the case at all.

There have been big money signings. Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman both cost in excess of £30million. But they are fantastic players who have potential to grow with the club.


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Our other signings have been players with Premier League experience, with Kieran Trippier leading the way as the club’s first signing post-takeover.

With Eddie Howe calling the shots, now alongside Dan Ashworth, Newcastle have taken a steady and sensible approach that has paid off so far. It certainly did last season, with the Magpies avoiding relegation with ease.

Now the club can start to look up rather than down, and Sky Sports pundit Neville has praised Newcastle’s approach.

Newcastle’s transfer approach is ‘the best way to do it’ says Neville

Neville and Jamie Carragher have discussed Newcastle’s transfer business on the latest episode of the Overlap, and the former Manchester United defender has hailed the way the owners have gone about things.

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“I think Newcastle have looked at maybe Everton when an owner’s come in, or maybe even City, I think Robinho was the first signing under Sheikh Mansour, and thought ‘that never really works, that doesn’t really work that’,” Neville said.

“So actually to bridge to the top in a more cautious and conservative manner with Eddie Howe, signing players that build respectability in football so they don’t look like they’re just throwing money left right and centre, I think it’s definitely the best way to do it.”

Newcastle doing things the right way

Neville is absolutely right. And it’s good to see a pundit praise the club for being sensible rather than cavalier.

Sure, it would sell more headlines and create more of a buzz if Memphis Depay, Ousmane Dembele and Paul Pogba were heading to St James’ Park. But it wouldn’t be sensible.

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Big names command big wages, and that isn’t going to work alongside a group of players who aren’t earning mega bucks. It’s why Newcastle steered clear of Jesse Lingard, whose wage demands were astronomical.

On the face of it, it’s been an underwhelming summer for Newcastle. We’ve made a loan signing permanent, then brought in a goalkeeper and a defender.

Our biggest issue is up top, yet we have been unable to bring in any attackers.

But people need to look at the bigger picture. There is still time left in the window to get deals done. Sure, in an ideal world we would have our business done by now, but the transfer window isn’t that straightforward.

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The Newcastle owners could easily throw money at players and overspend just to keep supporters happy, but it could end up backfiring in the long run.

That’s why this sensible and measured approach is best for the club. It might be frustrating at times, but it will be looked back on favourably in the future.

Everton have made massive mistakes and are paying for it. Newcastle aren’t going to do the same.

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