'Those days are gone' - Solano delivers transfer warning to Newcastle, tells Michael Owen story
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United legend Nolberto Solano believes that his former side must concentrate on building a squad rather than splashing the cash on a few big names.
The Magpies secured their place back to the Premier League with a comfortable 4-1 win over Preston North End at St James’ Park in April.
Since being promoted, Newcastle are being linked with star names as they look to avoid the drop in their first season back in the top flight.
Newcastle fans have been encouraged by the recent comments of owner Mike Ashley as he promised them that there would be money to spent in the summer transfer market.
When asked about potential transfer deals, speaking with the Evening Chronicle, former Newcastle midfielder Solano revealed that it would be better for the club to focus on the team rather than individuals.
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“I remember back in 2005 when the club signed Michael Owen and I came back for a second stint on the same day,” he explained.
“There were 20,000 fans there to cheer Michael coming in from Real Madrid.
“But those days are gone.
“It isn’t about just one or two players, the Premier League is a squad game.
He concluded: “Newcastle needs to invest wisely in the squad this summer and when you look at Rafa’s CV, that’s what he does when he’s rebuilding.”
When Newcastle were last promoted to the Premier League, Chris Hughton was in charge of the club and he followed Solano’s train of thought and signed a group of players to join the squad.
In the summer of 2010, the Magpies signed defenders James Perch and Sol Campbell to give them extra cover in defence and they also acquired the signatures of midfielders Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa.
These signings helped Newcastle achieve a comfortable mid-table finish and Rafa Benitez could definitely keep this season in mind when dealing with transfers this summer.
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez has named the four clubs that are an inspiration for his team.