Jermaine Jenas was a good young player for us after he signed for the club and Sir Bobby Robson – way back in 2002 – and he stayed three years, but then left after Bobby had been gone a year – and he admitted it was because Bobby had left (he was sacked) the previous year.
Jermaine is getting to be a decent football pundit and since we are the club who bought him from Nottingham Forest and give him his big chance in the Premier League as an 18 year-old, he talks about Newcastle a lot.
Jermaine Jenas in action for Newcastle circa – 2003
Jermaine’s right to say we are still in with a chance of survival with six games left – and four wins could still see us safe – but getting those wins – given the current poor mindset of our players – seems almost impossible.
Jenas seems to saying we can still survive – kind of:
This is what Jermaine has written in Yahoo Sport:
“Newcastle aren’t completely out of it, purely on the basis that the teams above them still could go the whole rest of the season without winning a game.”
“It’s possible, although it’s wishful thinking from the Magpies’ perspective.”
“The strange thing is that when I saw the transfer business these three teams did in the January window, I was most impressed with Newcastle’s signings and least so with Norwich’s.”
“But the fact they have edged it since then is a testament to Alex Neil’s quality and also to the team spirit he has managed to maintain at the club.”
“They have a never-say-die attitude and they can score goals, especially at home, whereas confidence seems to drain from Newcastle and Sunderland the moment they concede.”
“Newcastle, in particular, have only come from behind to win once in the last 18 months (against Tottenham at White Hart Lane this season, somewhat bizarrely) and that tends to tell you a lot about a team, unfortunately.”
Two of the players we signed in January – Henri Saivet and Seydou Doumbia – are not even getting on the subs bench and one of the players we signed last summer – Florian Thauvin bolted back to France in January because he couldn’t stand the pressure on Tyneside.
And while Gini Wijnaldum is a terrific player when in form – he doesn’t seem to have the heart for a relegation fight and will leave the club this summer.
So it’s difficult to say we have spent £82M wisely in the transfer market.
Hopefully people will be held accountable for that and will be sacked in the summer.
But we have our doubts about that too.