The BBC presenter shuts down Chris Sutton’s transfer claim for Everton & Newcastle

Mark Chapman has told Chris Sutton his comments comparing January’s Newcastle United and Everton transfer deals were “unfair”. as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

This comes after former striker Frank Lampard blasted him for calling out his Everton players after their FA Cup beating at Crystal Palace.

Sutton pointed out that when Howe came to Newcastle “didn’t have a magic wand” but he turned things around, helped by the winter transfer window.

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But while Lampard has brought the likes of Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek on board, Sutton says they “are not yet in full swing.”

All of this was shut down by BBC presenter Mark Chapman, who made it clear Howe had many months more to prepare than Lampard.

“If you look at Newcastle there has been a noticeable change,” Sutton said. “Everton are in real chaos at the moment.

“People might look at players he’s recruited and they haven’t hit the ground running. And think “he could have done a lot better”. He had a tough job to take on, mind you, because most of the blame on this one rests with Benitez.

“Did Eddie Howe have a wand at Newcastle? Frank brought in Van de Beek. Frank brought Dele Alli. Aren’t Dele Alli and Van de Beek great characters?”

Mark Chapman added: “I think it’s a bit unfair to compare Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard’s transfer records in this window. When Eddie Howe had the full window and was in before. Frank Lampard had two days. It’s a bit unfair to compare those two transfer records.”

Sutton added: “But he brought her in anyway. What kind of message is he sending to the squad by saying they’re not good enough?”

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To put it simply, if Howe had the same time as Lampard, Newcastle would still be in chaos.

But the former Bournemouth boss has had time to struggle, ironing out issues, improving players and planning for the January window.

At that point things were really getting better for the Saudi club while Everton only seemingly made things worse by what they were doing in the market.

From selling Lucas Digne to signing two midfielders when they probably only needed one and they also needed more centre-backs than attacking players.

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