Well, where did that come from? I have to say, it’s always extra satisfying when Newcastle United take points off the big four, not because we ‘gullible’ Geordies have delusions of grandeur and that we should be ‘up there’, but that because on our day we can match them…and against Manchester United we matched them and then some.
Over the course of a 38 game season we are bound to be struggling, we simply don’t have the mountains of money that unfortunately is required to compete with the current top six. However, what I find galling is not being able to spend what is needed to make us competitive.
Scraping around looking for a £5m striker last summer instead of going and getting a quality goalscorer has put us in the mess we are in. Who knows if Islam Slimani will turn out to be the one we’ve been missing, but he has to be a cut above what we currently have.
Put simply, imagine where we’d be with a cracking striker, a 25-30 goal a season man isn’t required (although it would be welcome), just one that can hit 15 goals would do.
And what about the new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka? A wonderful debut from the Slovak and if as reported he can be bought outright in the summer for as little as £4m then what a bargain we could have there. The similarities to the late Pavel Srnicek are obvious, a guy new to the Premier League, in a new country, initially coming in on loan and becoming a hit with the supporters. How long before we hear the chants of…