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Tottenham fans find themselves agreeing with claims made by Paul Merson

Paul Merson says Newcastle must be wary of Tottenham’s mistake and bloat their squad full of average signings – and Tottenham fans are in agreement.

Newcastle are being linked with numerous European stars after the £305million takeover was confirmed last Thursday. January is approaching.

But Merson has a warning for Newcastle. He believes signing loads of £10million – £12million signings will see The Toon falter, failing to gel.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Merson chose the subject to tease Tottenham. He said that Newcastle must avoid what Spurs did after selling Gareth Bale.

With Spurs raking in a world-record £80million fee, they spent slightly over £100million on the likes of Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.

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Soldado flopped – as did Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue. Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Lamela were okay, while Eriksen turned out to be an icon.

Not a good investment. Merson told Sky Sports: “£10m and £12m players doesn’t win anything these days – just ask Tottenham. It just doesn’t work.”

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Merson on Tottenham and Newcastle: Spurs fans respond

It is very difficult to disagree with what Merson has said. Yes, Tottenham did not spend wisely but at the time – they brought in some exciting players.

Lamela was very exciting at the time – a wonderkid from Italy. Eriksen turned out to be an icon, and he certainly lived up to the billing.

While Capoue, Chadli and Paulinho would have liked to have played better – they had their moments. It is impossible to predict what is the right way.

But going all out and bloating the squad is probably avoidable. Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter, with many agreeing with Merson.

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