Former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor does not believe Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon is “good enough” for Newcastle United.
The defender came through the ranks at Swansea City and Tottenham paid around £11m to sign him last year.
Rodon was in and out of the term last season as he played 14 times across all competitions.
He has featured prominently in the Europa Conference League group stages but he is yet to start in the Premier League this term.
The Magpies are expected to be in the market for new defenders in January. They have conceded 42 goals from their 19 games this season.
Agbonlahor has told Football Insider that Newcastle should not “mess around with players like Rodon”:
“Not good enough. I don’t understand this. If Newcastle are going to bring in anybody they’ve got to be better than what they’ve got.
“Rodon is no better than Schar or Lascelles. They don’t need him.
“They need to go out and buy players who are going to guarantee them survival. They can’t mess around with players like Rodon.”
“We need to wait a little bit because we have new owners, new investors,” he told talkSPORT.
“It is not going to be in a few weeks or in a few months, we’re thinking about three, four, five years.
“Obviously they are very proud of the club, they look forward to the new investment that will be made for the club.
“It’s going to be difficult but I hope they are not going to use people within the club that are going to use silly investments. The main thing is to retrieve what is good on the pitch, the way of playing football.
“The players need to be devoted to the club and not just about wages.
“It’s relevant to say that the next year is crucial for the club, in terms of who they’re going to appoint as people who will decide in the name of Newcastle.
“Otherwise it’s going to be a shambles or a mess.
“They need people making the right decisions at the right time.”