LES FERDINAND has warned new Newcastle owners not to forget to buy any of the superstars in January.
With the football manager’s hat on, the Queens Park Rangers president and toon champ urges them to target the War Dogs primed for relegation scrap.
Kevin Keegan signed “Sir Les” from Loftus Road in 1995 for £6 million to replace Andy Cole, who had left for Manchester United.
Ferdinand was on Tyneside for just two seasons before moving to Tottenham – but his legend lives on today after 41 league goals and a two-place finish.
And while fans dream of buying Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, the former England striker insists players like Burnley defender James Tarkowski are now wanted for the winless Magpies.
Ferdinand, 54, said: “The priority is to get the team out of the relegation zone.
“They have to wait until January, so it’s about planning and saving money to get the players they need.
“There is no quick fix. You will have to bring in certain players to help you get out of trouble at the moment.
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Then next summer they will have to come back again to push the players forward.
“The fans will need patience. People are speculating that they will do this, this and the other, but they are in the relegation zone.
“They’ll be able to buy players to get them out of the predicament they’re in, and then go ahead and climb up.”
If the safety of the Premier League can be ensured, and that is still a big deal, the sky is the limit for the richest club in the world.
The Saudi Arabia-backed mega-rich have promised great ambition and signature signatures.
And if anyone knows what the new Newcastle champions have in store, it’s Ferdinand.
There’s a buzz on Tyneside we haven’t seen since the Entertainers came close to Keegan lifting the title in 1996.
On what he can expect from big signings in the future, Ferdinand added: “Before I go up, Keegan said, ‘Living in London, you can get lost because there are so many famous faces and people don’t bother. Everyone is upset about Newcastle United here.”
“He asked me what hobbies I would like to do. I said I would like to learn to cook, play saxophone and ride a motorbike.
‘I said I would go to night school and he replied, ‘You don’t understand. You can’t go to night school, all these things have to be done in private.’
“When I got there I understood what he meant.
“I learned how to ride a bike with Warren Barton.
“He bought open-face helmets and we were riding on that road and we stopped at the lights outside a bar.
“Suddenly a lot of Newcastle fans ran out and started screaming, ‘Oh, Ferdinand, get off that bike – you better not get injured! “
“There was no escape.
“You’re in a goldfish bowl—but when things are going well, a goldfish bowl is great.”
Ferdinand disagrees that Tone will struggle to attract the world’s best players to the Northeast.
He said: “It doesn’t matter where the club is.
“Most players have the same mentality, that if the team is flying they will be happy to go and play wherever that is.”
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