In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee had no sympathy for Newcastle United with their record of bringing in players claiming you get what you pay for in football.
Lee does give an exception to Joelinton however, who cost the club £40 million, but knows for sure that fact will never change in football. If you want good players you pay big fees.
Mike Ashley has kept the purse strings relatively tight during his years at Newcastle and that has been reflected on the pitch with Newcastle finding themselves at the wrong end of the table most seasons.
The former Magpies midfielder acknowledges there are bargains to be found, however, he claims you need the right recruitment and gave praise to Leicester City’s transfer business.
Lee played over 300 times for the Toon and in an exclusive interview with FFC, he bemoaned Newcastle’s poor transfer business in recent years.
“It will never change,” Lee said when asked about good players costing top money in football.
He added: “Every now and again, you’ll be lucky with somebody but nine times out of 10, you get what you pay for.
“If you want quality it costs money and at the moment we haven’t got the money so, you do have to search around.
“You look at Leicester City. They get the young players and they ease them in. They pay what people would say is over the odds but Brendan Rodgers gets them playing and he gets the best out of them.”
Like many clubs, Newcastle will be looking to spend little this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic and having over a year with no fans attending games.
This could signal another season fo struggle if Steve Bruce guides the Magpies to safety this season.