Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he must add more experience to enable his side to move away from the relegation zone after a difficult start to the campaign.
The Magpies are yet to win a Premier League game this season and currently sit in 18th position with just four points from their first seven games.
Many of the club’s summer signings have failed to hit the ground running with a lack of Premier League experience perhaps contributing to their slow start.
The Magpies’ transfer policy since the 53-year-old took over has been to buy players with the potential to be sold on for a profit with this usually meaning players are younger and less proven at Premier League level.
The former West Ham boss has admitted that although they have had success in the past with the likes of Yohan Cabaye performing well and being sold on, there now appears to be a need to change the policy.
“I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had,” he said.
In January Pardew is hoping to add experience to his struggling squad, with perhaps a big-name signing the key to lifting the club from their current predicament that has seen Pardew’s job come under intense scrutiny.
“This club needs big players because we are a big scalp for any team. Forget where we are in the league. We need big players and our big players need to stand up,” Pardew added.
Newcastle are 4.00 to be relegated at the end of the season.