Chris Sutton the former striker who partnered Alan Shearer at Blackburn Rovers in their Premier League title-winning season of 1994-1995 thinks that Newcastle under the guidance of Rafa Benitez will not be relegated this season.
Blackburn finished one point above Manchester United that season and in January of 1995 that was when Red Devils striker Eric Cantona had been banned for eight months for assaulting a Crystal Palace fan.
Back to Chris Sutton, and the Sky Sports pundit thinks we have too much quality to be relegated.
We are now fourth bottom after last week’s games when bottom club Huddersfield and Newcastle both won their first games of the season – Newcastle beating Watford at home 1-0 and Huddersfield beating Fulham at home by the same score.
Chris Sutton – Newcastle have too much quality
What Sutton liked about the Newcastle side against Watford was their determination to win that game and hold onto their lead once we went ahead with an excellent 65th-minute header from Ayoze Perez.
A sign of a decent Rafa Benitez side.
Sutton talked about which clubs are likely to go down, and one of them isn’t Newcastle:
“Palace will not go down.”
“I think there is maybe six and it is the bottom six. I think Newcastle under Rafa have too much to go down.”
“Burnley worry me a little bit, Southampton is the real eye opener.”
“I suppose it is difficult to judge against Manchester City but I think there are calls already for Mark Hughes’ head which I think is very harsh.”
“I think there are three worse teams than them in the Premier League and they will get it right. Danny Ings is going to be key.”
“Burnley overachieved by a stretch last year. Every year they stay in the Premier League is a good year for Burnley.”
But that is a worry under Sean Dyche, who prides himself on organization, that they are conceding so freely.”
“You look back to their summer and their recruitment.”
“All the sides at the bottom, Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle, have they recruited that well? I am not sure they have.”
Hopefully, Newcastle can start winning some of our upcoming games and pull away from the bottom three by the end of this year.
What do you think?