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Bruno Guimaraes has told Sunderland Echo that Newcastle United should not just chase big names like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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The Magpies’ measured transfer strategy

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Since being taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) in 2021, Newcastle United have been lauded for being shrewd in the transfer market.

Instead of being fixated on the household names, the club have recruited smartly, bringing in bargains that fit Eddie Howe’s philosophy such as Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman to name a few.

Barring the £60 million (BBC Sport) outlay towards club record signing, Alexander Isak, who is one of the best up and coming strikers in Europe, Newcastle are yet to break the bank for a worldwide superstar.

Even within English football, the Magpies have made low-key buys such as adding players such as Dan Burn and Nick Pope namely.

As a result, it is unsurprising in hindsight that Newcastle have risen to the top a lot earlier than expected, as the recruits have gelled together to create one of the most cohesive units in the Premier League.

Guimaraes agrees with Newcastle’s recruitment approach

Speaking to Sunderland Echo, the Brazilian international discussed that it is key for Newcastle to take a more calculated approach in the transfer market rather than going all in towards getting the big boys.

“I think Newcastle needs players with that mentality [to believe in the project and elevate it]. It’s not bringing [Lionel Messi], Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe, it’s not this.”

It is this very masterplan that has led to the club sitting pretty in 3rd place in the Premier League after 14 games this season.

Would the same have been the case if Eddie Howe’s side blindly chased the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe?

After all, it took a £40 million (Sky Sports) fee for Newcastle United to bring in a midfielder of Bruno Guimaraes’ calibre himself, who is rightly regarded as one of the best players in the league.

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By Gabbie Odonkor Chief Executive Officer
Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian Sports blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter. He founded, a sports website and blog that primarily publishes news about sports.
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