Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lack of Experience in Prem Is Concern

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lack of Experience in Prem Is Concern

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IF I had to find one criticism of Newcastle's recruitment policy this summer it's would be that they haven't bought players who know how exactly how English football works.

There is no additional Premier League experience in that squad, and that does concern me a little bit.

The pace and intensity is so different to any other league in the world, yet Newcastle are expecting these players to come in and hit the ground running straight away - because they have to.

The club have paid large sums of money for these players in order to improve their team, but they aren't going to get bedding-in periods.

My early impression of Georginio Wijnaldum is that he is a player with real quality.

He is good on the ball and is keen to get forward. He really broke his neck to get into the box and meet the ball for his goal against Southampton, and Newcastle need to see more of that.

Florian Thauvin has also started well with goals and assists on debut but again he needs time to settle in and get used to the Premier League. …

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