Newcastle United are in for a “long hard nine months” that could ultimately end in relegation, that’s the opinion of former Toon ace Tommy Cassidy.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, the former Northern Ireland International said,
“In my opinion they needed two strikers and at least another midfield player, but they haven’t got them in, and it’s going to be a long struggle this season for them.
“They’re in danger of going down. I hope they don’t, obviously, because the fans had enough of the relegation dogfight last season and they don’t deserve that.
“Newcastle United supporters are so loyal to the club, but it’s going to be a long, hard nine months.”
I like to hear the opinion of former players, especially those who spent a long time at the club, because we know that a lot of former players become lifelong fans themselves even if they are not from the region, such as David Ginola, Rob Lee and Pavel Srnicek, so it is interesting to hear how worried Tommy is about our situation this season.
Personally, I think the team needed at least another striker, and I also would have liked the team to buy either a left and right-winger or specialist attacking midfield players who could provide some width and put a decent cross into the box, which is an area we are severely lacking in. I don’t think we need an extra midfield player but added fire-power was a necessity, so if we’re lacking in goals we could be in trouble.
However, I think that with the first team available to us when everyone is fit we should be good enough to stay up, so long as Coloccini is there to marshal the defence, Krul avoids the injuries that plagued him last season, and we get Cabaye’s head back in the game linking up with Cisse again. If we can manage all of the above, we should achieve a comfortable mid table finish. Not spectacular, but nowhere near relegation.
Are we in relegation trouble? Let me know what you think.
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