Brian McDermott has backed the Royals’ transfer policy after impressive debut performances from Stephen Kelly and Hope Akpan at St James’ Park.
Kelly was a commanding presence on the right side of defence, whilst Akpan caught the eye with his first appearance in top flight football – even claiming a tongue in cheek ‘assist’ for a winning goal from Adam Le Fondre – himself another very shrewd buy from Rotherham 12 months ago.
“People sometimes question our transfer policy – but we do what we have to do and work with the players that we’ve got,” said Brian.
“I brought Hope Akpan on and I thought he was fabulous. We spent 300 grand on him and you could see the qualities he’s going to bring to us. He’s 21 years of age and hungry. We paid 300 grand for Adam Le Fondre, and you couldn’t buy his right sock for that now. We bring in the likes of Stephen Kelly, Daniel Carrico – they don’t have to cost five or six million.”
Our squad at Newcastle contained a number of players we have bought and helped bring up to Premier League level, including Adam Federici, Adrian Mariappa, Sean Morrison, Mikele Leigertwood, Garath McCleary and Jimmy Kebe, and Brian said, “Genuinely, over the years – we’ve never had loads of money to spend. Look at Fedders who came to us for nothing, if you haven’t got the money you need to find another way. Don’t get me wrong, if I get given a load of money to spend then I’ll spend it. But in any case throwing money at things doesn’t guarantee success – there are plenty of examples of that.
“There are teams in this league who have signed players for a lot more money than us and it’s not necessarily helped.”
The manager has also indicated that if a deal comes about that is right for the club in the final stages of the transfer window, then there’s a possibility another fresh face could be brought in.
“We’ll do what we do. If there’s something that comes up for us and it’s right and proper, and the owner decides he wants to do that then we’ll have a look at it.”