DeAndre Yedlin has handed a warning to Newcastle United’s potentially new owners in an interview with ESPN, telling them that they must sign players that buy into what Steve Bruce is trying to do at St. James’ Park.
It has been widely reported that Mike Ashley looks set to sell Newcastle, ending a 13-year spell as owner. Amanda Staveley’s PCP group are forefronting the bid, and have been financially backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Along with the Reuben Brothers, all three have put forward an offer of £300million which has been accepted by Ashley. PIF will own 80%, while Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers will own 10% each.
Right-back Yedlin was asked about the impending takeover, and the former Tottenham and Sunderland ace urged the potential new board not to splash the cash on players who would not fit in at Newcastle. He has urged the board to be careful.
“Obviously the more money you have, the better players you can buy,” Yedlin said. “Ultimately, in most circumstances, the better you’ll be. But to be a good team, you have to have players that have bought into what you’re doing.
“Just because you’re buying an expensive player, doesn’t mean he will be good for that team. In this day and age, you do need money to compete. We’ll see what happens from the takeover, I know just as much as everyone else.”
TBR’s view – Yedlin has hit the nail on the head, look at Robinho
It was a crazy couple of days for Manchester City. With the owners taking over towards the end of the 2008 window, City spent big on Real Madrid superstar Robinho. Immediately after signing, Robinho spoke of how excited he was to join Chelsea.
It was clear from the first moment that Robinho was not going to work at City. Just 53 later appearances, he was shipped off to AC Milan. Learning from Manchester City’s mistakes, Newcastle need to buy players – but improve gradually.
Spending big and looking to bring in superstars would only send Newcastle backwards. Faith in Bruce, and specifically picking players that can improve the Toon is crucial.