Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted they may need to change their recruitment policy if they are to improve their fortunes.
Newcastle have yet to win in the Premier League this season and find themselves in the bottom three with the club's summer signings yet to find their best form.
Over the last few years, Newcastle's recruitment policy has been based upon signing younger players with a re-sale value, with some of the signings proving a major success and others failing to fulfil their potential
This club needs big players because we are a big scalp for any team. Forget where we are in the league. We need big players and our big players need to stand up.
Pardew, whose future as Newcastle boss has been the subject of intense speculation, concedes the club are not enjoying the same success in the transfer market that they once did and that they may need to bring in some experienced new faces in January.
"Our policy here has been the same since I’ve been at the club – we have bought players we think have good market value and that means mainly the younger players," Pardew told the Chronicle.
"I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had.
"We’ve produced some fantastic players for this club and we need to start producing a few more.
"I didn’t think we were strong enough in the last part of the season and that’s been held against me that I’ve been making excuses, but I just felt that we needed more and we didn’t have it after the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye.
"This club needs big players because we are a big scalp for any team.
"Forget where we are in the league. We need big players and our big players need to stand up.
"We also need to create more big players and that’s what we are trying to do."