Former Liverpool and Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique has advised Magpies boss Eddie Howe to avoid the mistakes made by Manchester City when owner Sheikh Mansour bought the club over a decade ago. According to him, Newcastle United manager Howe needs to learn from the mistakes made at the Etihad Stadium by avoiding superstar signings.
City owner Mansour made a big statement with the signing of Robinho from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid. The Citizens paid around £32.5m to secure his transfer from the 14-time European champions. The Robinho transfer was conducted during the 2008 summer transfer window.
Robinho made a good start to his Manchester City career initially before things went south for him at the club and he was loaned to boyhood club Santos 18 months after big money was paid for his transfer.
The Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United in October has prompted transfer reports of big names joining the club though the likes of KylianMbappe and ErlingHaaland remain a pipe dream for the Newcastle United faithfuls. French international Mbappe has decided to sign a new contract at Paris Saint Germain (PSG), while Norwegian star Haaland has joined Premier League holders Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. City paid €60m (£51m) to sign Haaland from Dormtund this summer.
In a chat with Genting Casino, Enrique told Howe to take his own advice by staying away from superstar signings such as Paul Pogba and Neymar.
Enrique is keen for his former club to embrace the transfer plan adopted during the second half of the just concluded season when they signed players who are proven in the Premier League with the exception of Brazilian international Bruno Guimares who joined the club from French team Lyon. Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett, Dan Burns and Chris Wood were the other players signed.