NEWCASTLE fans can forget about signing superstars such as Erling Haaland despite the riches now flowing into their club.
That’s the message from Toon legend John Barnes, who urged supporters to be patient following the Saudi-led takeover on Tyneside.
New director Amanda Staveley has promised reinforcements at St James’ Park after former owner Mike Ashley sold to her mega-rich consortium for £300million.
But Barnes has signalled the new regime will be looking to improve in all areas of the squad rather than bring in one or two blockbuster signings.
He told BonusCodeBets: “Newcastle aren’t going to be signing Erling Haaland all of sudden just because they have money.
“They have to grow slowly, and they will begin to improve. They won’t be looking at any one position. When they can get better players in every single position, they will do.
“That’s why the Saudi Arabian owners have come in. They haven’t come in to buy two players worth £100 million and are then expected to win the league.
“There has to be a long-term approach of gradual improvement, rather than just assuming the best player in the world will help.
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“The future looks bright for Newcastle, but it will take time and they’ll be very cautious and resist the urge to go on a spending spree.
“In two or three years time, when they have slowly improved and continue getting better, that’s when they can begin to look at signing world-class players. It will not happen overnight.”
Barnes was speaking ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League defeat by Tottenham in the first match of their new Saudi era.
The Magpies took an early lead before strikes from Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min sealed the win for the visitors.
But the match was overshadowed by a medical emergency involving a fan who suffered a suspected heart attack in the stands.