Alan Shearer: 'Newcastle United needed to replace Yohan Cabaye'

Alan Shearer believes that Newcastle United could be in trouble after failing to replace midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes that it was crucial for the club to bring in a replacement for midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The Frenchman signed for Paris Saint-Germain for a reported £20m last month.

While the Magpies tried to recruit Lyon's Clement Grenier as a replacement, the North-East outfit failed to convince the player to make the move to the Premier League.

"If you're going to let your best player go, you have to have a plan for someone to come in," Shearer told talkSPORT. "You can't let him leave and then bring no-one else in. That just can't happen.

"It sends a bad message out to the fans and, if you're a player in that dressing room, you must be thinking, 'where are we going?'"

Newcastle currently sit eighth in the Premier League table following Saturday's 3-0 defeat to rivals Sunderland at St James' Park.

Football pundit Alan Shearer attends the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at ExCeL on December 16, 2012
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