Pundit verdict on Newcastle signing 'world class' stars after confirmed news - pundit
Newcastle will struggle to attack “top tier” players this summer despite the new financial power at the club.
That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ summer plans.
As relayed by Chronicle Live (6 May), blueprints have been submitted for a major revamp of the club’s training centre for the first time since 2002.
As quoted by The Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly, Eddie Howe wants to attract “world-class” players to Newcastle and he hopes the club’s training ground update will help in this mission.
However, McAvennie claims Newcastle will struggle to attract world-class players this summer.
“World-class players? No, not yet,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“Listen, I know what they are trying to do. You want the best players at your club, especially where Newcastle are going.
“Even though they are staying up and they have a load of cash there, they still aren’t the most desirable club to be at. Not yet.
“That will take time. They will still sign quality players this summer, make no doubt about that.
“But that top tier, best of the best quality of player. It just won’t happen, not for a good few years.
“That’s still to come but it is far too soon to be talking about world-class players.”
Newcastle signed Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, Matt Targett and Chris Wood in January.
They have secured their place in next season’s Premier League despite being rock bottom when Howe took over in November.