Robbie Elliott has said that it was ‘torture’ watching last season unfold from afar.

The US based exiled Geordie says that he feels sorry for those of us watching it in the flesh.

Having played under both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, Elliott knows what is and isn’t quality, saying that Newcastle can no longer afford to carry passengers and must have quality throughout the whole squad.

However, Robbie is optimistic that a combination of Steve McClaren coming in and the type of signings Newcastle appear to be going to make on top of Georginio Wijnaldum, can help put United back on the up again.

Hopefully the former Newcastle left-back is proved correct and whether you live on Tyneside or the other side of the world, you will be able to enjoy the coming season.

The signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic looks all but done with his medical taking place today, whilst Chancel Mbemba is widely reported to be following him.

With those three and at least two or three equally credible signings, the first team could have a whole new look.

Robbie Elliott’s thoughts were part of a Newcastle United season preview on the excellent The Offside Rule website:

“It’s been torture watching (last season) and reading from afar, I can only imagine what it must feel like seeing it firsthand.

“Hopefully the scare from last season has shown that investment was needed. It looks like we are looking at the quality of player which is needed if we don’t want to be in the same situation next season.”

Confidence and mentality needed:

“By all accounts he (Steve McClaren) is a very good coach and I hope to see that transfer from the training ground into match day. Small things can make huge differences and it seems he has a good group alongside him. Time will tell but I’m optimistic that we will see a change from last season.

“Nowadays there has to be quality throughout the whole squad, it’s not possible to carry players like in the past. Confidence and mentality also play a huge role. Those are the things that separate the top players.”