Jamie carragher delivers Brutally honest verdict on James Maddison not signing for Newcastle

As the January transfer window looms, there is a lot of regret about what Newcastle United did and did not do during the summer.

At this moment in time, it looks like Newcastle made a lot of mistakes heading into the 2023/24 campaign. Tino Livramentois the only summer signing to impress. Sandro Tonali is suspended and Harvey Barnes is injured, while Lewis Hall is struggling for minutes.

In the short-term, it has proven to be a bit of a disastrous window for the Magpies. That perception might change in the future, but it is difficult to be too positive in the present.

While the injury crisis was crippling, Newcastle did not do enough to brace themselves for Champions League football. The club looked towards the future rather than bring in ready-made stars, which is the right or wrong way to do business depending on who you ask. Personally, I think the club went about things the right way and what has happened since then has been unfortunate.

But one player who I do regret the club missing out on was James Maddison. He joined Tottenham Hotspur instead, and has been an exceptional addition to Ange Postecoglou’s side.

It was majorly disappointing to lose out to Tottenham, and former Premier Leaguedefender Jamie Carragher believes it is because the attacking midfielder found playing in London more appealing – and believes this is an issue that Newcastle are going to have to deal as they continue to be hamstrung by financial fair play.

Jamie Carragher comments on Newcastle missing out on James Maddison

In an article for the Telegraph, Carragher has wrote about Newcastle’s summer recruitment and how targets such as Declan Rice and James Maddison went elsewhere.

“When Declan Rice decided to leave West Ham, I doubt he gave any thought to joining Newcastle, especially when Arsenal came in for him,” he wrote.


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