Newcastle players told they can emulate Vincent Kompany in Man City takeover comparison

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Newcastle’s players have been told how they can emulate Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany following the Magpies’ incredible £305million takeover. A consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley completed the purchase of the club from Mike Ashley last week. 

Staveley is the face of a new group which includes the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers.  

PIF has taken an 80 per cent share in the club and the takeover was passed after the Premier League were assured that they are separate to the Saudi state.  

Huge plans are expected, with hundreds of millions to be spent on assembling a new squad. The 48-year-old Staveley has told Newcastle fans to expect ‘world-class’ players arriving at St James’ Park.  

The takeover is being billed as a similar purchase to the one completed by the Abu Dhabi Group at Man City in 2008.  

City were considered a mid-table club but have since been elevated to one of the world’s most exciting teams by the spending of over a billion pounds on assembling a star-studded squad and improving the club’s facilities.

The Etihad Stadium outfit have won five Premier League titles in the years since, including three of the last four.  

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Nedum Onuoha was part of the City squad when they were taken over and has advised Newcastle’s current stars on how they can copy former captain Kompany.  

The Belgian, who won four top-flight titles, was signed before the club’s 2008 takeover but went on to become a key player for the next decade despite the raft of huge-money signings. 

“The takeover does not necessarily mean the end for any young players at Newcastle,” Onuoha wrote in his column for The Athletic

“When I look back to that first season after the City takeover, I have happy memories of it, and so do other of the younger players from the time. 

“That was my best season for the club. That was a 22-year-old Stephen Ireland’s best season for City too. 

“Micah Richards made 50 appearances that season at age 20. Joe Hart played over 30 times as a 21-year-old.  

“And we had a good season as a team, based around our youngsters, finishing 10th in the Premier League and getting to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. 

“Because we were the richest club in the world, but we were still Manchester City.

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And that was when the club forged its new identity, based on what had gone before.  

“Some of the new players who arrived weren’t there very long, so as a young player, if you had the right stuff about you, you could be part of continuing the identity of the club.  

“As long as the manager liked you, you could become the next Vincent Kompany.”

Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League following a poor start under Steve Bruce, whose job is insecure following the takeover.  

The Daily Telegraph has reported that a whopping £190m transfer budget will be made available for the January window.  

It remains to be seen which of Newcastle’s young players – whether Jamal Lewis, Sean Longstaff or even Allan Saint-Maximin – can emulate Kompany’s Man City legacy. 

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