Ex-Newcastle United ace delivers encouraging St James’ Park transfer verdict

The former Toon man believes the Magpies are on the right track when it comes to their work in the transfer market

There may be a great deal of noise and speculation surrounding potential incomings at Newcastle United this summer, but one former player has full faith in the recruitment policy at St James’ Park.

Some of Europe’s biggest names have been linked with a move to Tyneside over the next few weeks, with the Magpies’ appeal growing after a stellar Premier League season which saw Eddie Howe’s men finish fourth and claim a place in next season’s Champions League, and reach the final of the Carabao Cup.

Ex-midfield general Lee Bowyer is content with how things are being run at his old club, with Howe, assistant Jason Tindall and sporting director Dan Ashworth overseeing a smart, sensible and frugal approach to things since the takeover last year.

While United have not been afraid to splash the cash when needed, they’ve done so sensibly with the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak and Kieran Trippier to name just three.

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And as the Magpies prepare for a busy summer to add quality and depth to their squad to meet the demands of European football next term, Bowyer is confident they’ll continue to approach it in the right way, adding the right characters to their ranks.

“Their recruitment has been excellent,” Bowyer told talkSPORT. “What I like about what Eddie’s done and the team around him, they’ve recruited for the football club.

“They know the type of person that has come in here, what the fans expect. I see all those players, whether they’re new or old, they run through brick walls.

“No matter if they’re European players, English players or British players, they run through brick walls, but they can play as well. I think their recruitment has been excellent, and they will keep recruiting that way.

“If you don’t at least work hard playing for Newcastle then you’re not accepted, I know that first-hand, but they’ve also got to be able to play as well and that’s where they’ve recruited well because he’s taken them from one level to another very, very quickly.”