Gary Neville has hailed Newcastle United’s transfer policy during the first year of their new ownership.
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Eddie Howe’s side wrapped up a positive anniversary week, 12 months on from the takeover, with a big win over Brentford on Saturday.
St James’ Park has become a fortress in 2022 and Newcastle are arguably even unlucky to be sitting sixth in the Premier League as things stand amid some dubious VAR calls earlier in the season. A club unrecognisable to the one that toiled for so long under Mike Ashley, fresh faces have raised the level of others and it was notable that Saturday’s scoresheet included a cross-section of two eras.
Bruno Guimaraes, arguably the poster boy of the new era, scored twice while Rafa Benitez’s signings Miguel Almiron and Jacob Murphy also added to their tallies along with a Brentford own goal.
Indeed, this is not a team full of newly-imported superstars. Howe’s great work on Tyneside thus far has been to yield improvement from the players he inherited, all while bringing the right kind of characters to St James’ Park to raise the collective level.
Certainty, it seems as if there’s no been huge ego arriving to mess up the dynamics, which is a testament to the recruitment staff.
What has Neville said about Newcastle?
Speaking to Sky Sports (15:16), Neville said: “Newcastle have improved enormously. Eddie Howe is doing a good job.
“The type of players they have signed are the right types to get them on that next level.
“They’ve not gone for the ridiculous approach like we’ve seen in the past where you go for these star players who are probably a bit over the hill and all of a sudden it looks like an owner in a sweet shop almost.
“It’s been quite well-thought out. The football project that has been put in place has been pretty good, sensible.”