Paul Merson watched the Newcastle vs. Huddersfield game on Saturday when we won that game easily even though the Terriers were down to 10 men after only 20 minutes.
But with the arrival of Miguel Almiron and Hayden and Longstaff dominating central midfield we looked a decent attacking side even against the bottom of the club.
It’s a more difficult test coming up against in-form Burnley, but the Sky Sports pundit still thinks we can win this game 2-1.
Rafa will want to keep a clean sheet of course – we have 8 so far this season.
And Merson admits Newcastle are a bit more open and entertaining – praise indeed from Merson – kind of.
Paul Merson – Newcastle a bit more open and entertaining
He must be feeling a little under the weather
This is what Paul has said on Sky Sports:
“Burnley have picked up, and Newcastle looked really lively against Huddersfield.”
“I’m going to tip Newcastle to steal it; Longstaff looked decent and the front three look energetic.”
“When you often see Rafa Benitez’s side set up, they’re out to not lose before they win.”
“But now he has these three up front – Rondon, Perez and Almiron.”
“He has players who can make things happen. Those three are definitely as good as anyone in the bottom half.”
“He can relax now, they’re a bit more open and entertaining.”
OK, must make sure we pass that one on to Rafa – that he can relax now.
Just over six in ten fans think we can meet Paul’s prediction tomorrow night.