BBC Pundit – Newcastle Players Heroic – But The Bubble Will Soon Burst

Most pundits have predicted that Newcastle will be fighting relegation this season because we failed to secure enough class and talent in the summer transfer window.

According to the majority of pundits, we just have too many Championship level players and don’t have the class to cut it in the Premier League.

Other teams are spending massive amounts of money on single players in the transfer window whereas according to our estimates Newcastle spent only a net of £12M and a gross spend close to £35M this summer.

So when Newcastle are up to 4th place in the league, it’s difficult for most pundits to understand or defend why we are there.

It;s difficult for some fans to take it in too.


BBC pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport he thinks Newcastle will not remain up there with the elite and that the bubble will burst – certainly before the end of the year.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s world-class manager – don’t bet against him

He could be right about that, but our secret weapon is a man called Rafa Benitez, who is simply world=calss at what he does.

Our players are showing such dedication and passion for the shirt that it’s inspiring to watch the side play these days, and in close games, we seem to be able to do enough to get the win.

Of course, our next two games at Brighton and at home to Liverpool will be taught.

But if we can win those games we will go into the International break at least thinking we will not be in a relegation fight this season.

Here’s what Garth Crooks has told the BBC::

“This is heroic stuff from these Newcastle lads but be sure they will soon run out of gas.”

“It is imperative that Rafa Benitez is allowed to continue developing this team in January because this bubble will burst.”

Newcastle fans are more down to earth with Rafa as manager as he communicates so well with the fan base and we know it’s going to be a tough season.

But we would never bet against Rafa Benitez having Newcastle in the top half of the league table next May.

And then Mike Ashley mist give him all the money the club have to strengthen the side. next summer.

Even Mike Ashley isn’t silly enough not to do that.

That’s right, isn’t it?


Howay The Lads!!

20 comments so far

  • martoon

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Garth Crooks – No sh*t Sherlock – Of course we are not going to stay in 4th place and we will suffer some defeats but I don’t think that means the bubble will burst. However this team has shown it is better than I thought and should be able to manage comfortable mid-table.

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    And so it goes, and so it goes, and so it goes. Endless crap from desperate has beens, clamoring to get a little bit of the spotlight. Garth Crooks for god’s sake. Who cares!!

  • TyneMouth

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    A bit quiet this Monday morning?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    SO Fuc**n’ what – who gives a shit to your punditry – us TOON fans are enjoying the moment. We know we are no World beaters but if we keep playing the way we are we will shock a few people and most of the so-called ‘experts’ – may be a top ten.

    Because at the moment we are playing the best football for at least 4 or 5 years – been a joy to watch except Huddersfield game – playing at a higher tempo – passing moving – less hoofball and creating chances and the players look like they are enjoying their football. I certainly am – more please!!!

  • TyneMouth

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Garth Crooks.

    Careful your bubble doesn’t burst, it could get messy!

  • lesh

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6

    ‘And then Mike Ashley mist give him all the money the club have to strengthen the side. next summer. Even Mike Ashley isn’t silly enough not to do that. That’s right, isn’t it?’

    Ed, you know as well as he does, that if we are sitting top half come January, he’ll spend bugger all. I think the bubble that was Ashley wouldn’t interfere was well and truly burst last January, confirming it again last summer. And if that is the case…….

  • EllaGuru

    Sep 18, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Crooks is full of it. He uses his team of the week section to spew his bile every week. And he most definitely loves having a go at Newcastle.
    How Ritchie was not considered is beyond me! I don’t know of many others who finished the weekend with two assists, and who was a constant thorn in the side of Stoke with his set-pieces.

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Tynemouth….Crooks ready to burst at any minute. Surprised he hasn’t exploded before now.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Lindi, funnily enough that’s exactly what I posted the other day mate. 🙂 (Wonder if Lascelles reads the blog too? Lol)
    I said that inadvertently the window had worked in our favour, because we had a team of young lads fighting for each other, the manager and the fans with a real togetherness. Not having any big named players with matching egos in the dressing room meant the were a closer knit bunch of lads. Or words to that effect anyway.
    It’s not how much you spend, it’s who you spend it on and Rafa has bought shrewdly.
    I’m not worried about any bubble bursting either. These lads believe in each other and definitely believe in Rafa and the siege mentality we’ve built is working in our favour.
    I also said that Rafa getting us as high up the table away from relegation could well be viewed as his greatest achievement in the PL, come seasons end.
    Anybody can do it with with an open cheque book, but it takes a special kind of manager to do it with limited funds. Rafa is a special kind of manager and continues to prove it week after week.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I think our first 11 can give anyone a game but if we could just get a bit more quality in we could really trouble the top 6 in games as we will be hard to beat but sometimes you need players who can create a goal out of nothing which apart from Richie we don’t really have!

    If we are near 30 points by January will Ashley provide some funds to push on?I believe we should have some of the TV money in by then so there should be no excuses not to buy players!

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Bobby…wise words. Ashley’s frugal spend could have spelt disaster for a lesser manager,but Rafa’s experience is shining. Plus look at the bench on Saturday. They’ve all had games in Rafa’s rotation system, all capable players, all ready to fit in smoothly if Mr injury comes calling.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Lads, let them carry on. Like I said Saturday night, by the time other clubs stop thinking of us as a Championship team guaranteed relegation, we’ll already be safe.
    Underestimate us to your hearts content, we’ll just carry on picking up points by being lucky – ha ha – whilst the rest just happen to have a bad game against us.
    Nobody’s given us much credit so far. Seems West Ham, Swansea and Stoke all had on off day when they played us. Aren’t coincidences strange? Couldn’t be that Rafa’s tactics and the players ability to follow instructions and play their hearts out had anything to do with it; oh no, we just caught them on a bad day. 🙂
    Nobody is getting carried away – or shouldn’t be anyway. We’re all aware of our limitations, but team spirit couldn’t be higher and as survival was the aim at the start, does it matter? Get those points on the board now and see what – if anything – January brings.

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Garth Crooks ex Stoke City. Sour grapes I think. No-one, absolutely no-one truly believes we will finish top four. Crooks spouts off instead of allowing us to enjoy the moment. It’s a wonder there wasn’t a mention of deluded fans in his assessment.

  • TyneMouth

    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Bobbybee @ #6

    ‘Anyone can do it with an open checkbook’

    …agreed, but don’t even whisper that any where near Goodison Park!

  • wynsleap

    Sep 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Pundits seem to think that spending vast amounts of money on players will bring success. I think Everton are proving that isn’t always the case. Look at the performance of Sam Clucas against us recently. Totally anonymous and outshone by Merino. How much did Clucas cost? Around £18m I think.
    If our team continue to play with the same speed, heart and commitment as in the past three games I think we are going to ruffle a few petulant feathers this season.
    Howay lads – shove it down these know alls’ throats and grab those millions on offer from our beloved Controller.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #16

    We’d get more sense out of garth brookes

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #17

    I was intrigued until I saw who the mouth on the couch was.

  • U.S Magpie

    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Hey Garth who gives a shite Crooks. Remember Leicester City as few years back, you don’t need a 300 million team. You just need a team that believes in each other and a manager and coaching staff that can push players and make them better. As Newcastle fans we don’t think we will do a Leicester and win the league, but as fans we think we just have enough to stay up. Our last two games have been against teams that we don’t normally do well against, So Garth Brooks, Crooks, go put you head in some books, we don’t really care about your opinion wtf have you ever done in any word of football. Lets get as many points as possible and then look forward to January transfer window, maybe we can strengthen the team and push for the highest possible position we can get, the higher in the league the more money we will have next summer to do some real business.

  • DoctorZelig

    Sep 18, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    You do not build a great time by buying loads of players each window. You build it by consistency. Look at Man’Ure. They bought loads of players and even though they were crazy expensive they didn’t do well in the league. Only this year they bought few players (expensive though) and now the team is on with the managers ideas.

    Same with us. Most of the players we play now has trained under Rafa for 1 full season and they understand his ideas. Then we bring in a few better players and they will get better next season. Then we add on little by little. Just hope we not sell our best players each season because then it will begin to crumble.

    Again look at Leicester. I mean, Danny Simpson is an EPL winner? How much did he cost them. Same could be said with all of their winning team.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 18, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Garth Crooks – that fabulous player who was in the Stoke team that got beat by Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup (at Stoke) a lot of years ago. Yeah – a real legend!


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