Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has been talking on the Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily show and he thinks Newcastle will definitely get promoted this season under Rafa Benitez.
That’s not unusual for a pundit and after Brighton’s 1-0 win last night at home to Cardiff City, manager Neil Warnock also said that Brighton and Newcastle would easily secure the two automatic promotion slots in the Championship this season.
When you consider goal difference, Brighton are 12 points ahead of 3rd placed Reading and Newcastle are 10 points about the Royals.
Andy Walker – Sky Sports pundit
This is what Warnock said after the 1-0 Brighton win at the Amex Studium last night:
“I think the top two can lose four or five and still go up. The other teams below are going to lose games, you forget about that really.”
51 year-old Glasgow-born Andy Walker is a former striker for Celtic and he has gone even further and said and thinks Newcastle will not only do well this season, but will do well in the Premier League and be backed financially by owner Mike Ashley.
This is some of what Andy has said:
“I think Newcastle and Brighton are nailed on for the top two places,”
“Every time you go to St James’ Park, you feel this weight of expectation.” “The level of support they get is just extraordinary – they are still getting around 50,000 every game.”
“Matt Ritchie is a player who I think can do it for them whether it is in the Premier League or the Championship, I think he has been a quality signing.”
“Daryl Murphy is scoring goals at the minute, and maybe he isn’t one who can do it in the Premier League, but he can certainly score goals to get them there.”
“With that squad Newcastle have to overcome all of the hurdles they have in front of them between now and the end of the season.”
“They will obviously want to win the title but to get promotion, that is the key, and then I’m sure Benitez will get the funds required to make an impact in the Premier League.”
We certainly hope that’s true, but with everything that has happened over the last two seasons at Newcastle – mostly one disaster after another – we are still just a little bit nervous.
However, if we are promoted we do think Rafa will improve the side considerably in the summer and that he will be helped by owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley.
They will make big money available to the impressive Newcastle manager – who is undoubtedly world-class – once they are sure we are back in the big time and the big money of the Premier League.
If we are promoted it will be an exciting for Newcastle fans this summer – that’s for sure.
What do you think?