We haven’t seen many pundits be too positive about Newcastle for this season, after we seemed to have a strong transfer window, spent a net of £52.6M and brought in four good first team players in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin.
Last season was an absolute nightmare for Newcastle fans, after we had a very poor start with just four draws and four points in our first 7 league games – and that was after we had lost seven of our last eight games in the previous season.
Paul Merson – Sky Sports pundit
We then went on a six game winning streak and seemed to be OK, but then Alan Pardew left the club in early January, and John Carver took over.
But John wasn’t up to the job, and we couldn’t seem to win a game in the last three months of the season.
We got just 10 points from the first 18 league games Carver was in charge but those 3 points against West Ham on the very last day of the season lifted us up to 15th place, and we only just avoided relegation.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn’t think we will improve on that position this season, as he had this to say on the Sky Sports web-site:
“Newcastle are about the same as West Ham,” “I like Steve McClaren, he’s a good manager, and I think they will just consolidate this year and don’t want to be in a relegation battle.”
But Paul picks 15th as the position Newcastle will finish in – 6th bottom – same as last year – that’s not good.
I’m not sure how 15th position would be a consolidation this season?
We haven’t made a great start, but then again we’ve played four clubs who finished in the top eight last season including Manchester United and Arsenal.
But we’ll need to start picking up some points soon.
If Paul is right, then this will not be a good season for the club – who have set Steve McClaren the goals of finishing in the top eight and winning a cup.
If we finish in the same position as last year that says to us we will be fighting relegation again this season, and that’s not good.
If that happens, it will be the third time in four years we have struggled with relegation.
It’s something everybody associated with Newcastle does not want to see this season – which is one reason the Newcastle Board spent £52.6M in transfers over the summer.