A Realistic Approach Is Needed
Speaking exclusively with Genting Casino about who he would sign if put in charge, he said: “It’s a case of realistically who am I going to be able to get to Newcastle?
“I think if every player in the world wanted to come to Newcastle, then I’d be going straight for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Marquinhos; there would be so many players I could go for.
“I think what people have got to remember is that Newcastle now have to put themselves on the map as being one of the top teams in the Premier League, [so that] they are always talked about and always mentioned in the top four.”
The new owners have lofty ambitions but are calling for patience, with director Amanda Staveley suggesting that she wants the club challenging for top silverware within 10 years.
Ince, who won back-to-back Premier League titles with Manchester United, expects the Magpies to be challenging England’s top sides in half that time.
“At the moment the top four is Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool, but obviously, that changed when Arsenal won the titles,” he explained.
“Newcastle have now got a chance, not now but in the next three or four years, to be in the top five. Does that scare the top four? I don’t think so.
“I think they’re going to have to go and now bring in players, and are these players going to be players that actually want to come to play for Newcastle and play for the fans?
“Or are these players that just want to come and get as much money as they can?”
Money Or Desire
It is a dilemma that Ince believes could hold the Toon Army back when it comes to recruiting the top talent that is available.
But the former Inter Milan star knows what it is like to ply his trade in that part of the world – having spent three years with Middlesborough – and spoke highly of Newcastle as a destination.
He said: “If there’s a top player who is available and he has the choice of Newcastle, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Man United, is he going to go to Newcastle before he goes to these other big teams, for the sake of another £100,000 grand more a week?
“This is how you’ve got to look at it and I think it’s great.
“I think Newcastle has always been a massive, massive club. The fans are amazing, the stadium is amazing, everything about Newcastle is amazing.”