Newcastle will face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon with a 1:30 pm kick-off time and maybe we will have signed Nicolai Jorgensen by then – so we at least have one striker to help in our relegation fight through the end of the season.
That’s been our weakest link in the first part of the season.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is hoping, like any other Newcastle fan, that we can put up a good show at Stamford Bridge and get a result on Sunday.
Alan is also hoping, like the rest of us, that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley can bring some good players before next Wednesday night – but alas, we will have to spend some money to do that.
Alan Shearer – Rafa needs more bodies
Alan has been taking to Coral, and this is what he has said about Newcastle’s transfer success so far and then about the FA Cup 4th round tie on Sunday:
“They’ve brought one player in on loan, Kennedy. He should be a good signing but Rafa needs more bodies in for him to have a fight for survival in the Premier League and hopefully a run in the FA Cup.”
“Hopefully in the next week or so we can see some bodies in at Newcastle.”
“I think that Sunday is an opportunity.” “I watched the replay of Chelsea against Norwich at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea were slightly fortunate.”
“They got through on penalties and it perhaps should have been different.”
“If that Chelsea turns up, the Chelsea that weren’t good enough to beat Norwich over two games in open play, then Newcastle will have an opportunity.”
“It was refreshing that Rafa played a strong team in the previous round.”
“Hopefully he will play a strong team again, but if Chelsea play a full strength team, and they are at it 100%, then it will be a very tough for Newcastle.”
As Alan says on the transfer window, we need more players coming in before the window closes next Wednesday evening.
If that doesn’t happen then Mike Ashley again is risking another relegation – that would be his hat-trick of relegations while the owner of Newcastle.
Ashley said he would help Rafa to bring in new players and he should, therefore, deliver, especially after he didn’t keep his word last summer.
Three new players – a striker, a goalkeeper and a midfield player is really what we need.
Whether we’ll get them in is anybody’s guess but out January transfer window under Ashley has been poor.
We did bring five Frenchmen in five years ago when we were again struggling with relegation when Mike Ashley was personally involved.
We do have a chance on Sunday and Rafa with five changes from his best side on Sunday (because of the Burnley game on Wednesday night) can still field a strong team.
We could shock Chelsea on Sunday, and that would give our players a much-needed confidence boost.
Then we can go on and beat Burnley and Crystal Palace in our next two league games.
Wouldn’t that be something?