Our old friend Graeme Souness has been weighing up the relegation contenders.
Not surprisingly his focus has been on those already filling the spaces towards the bottom of the Premier League.
Newcastle have just won six points against two clubs that Graeme Souness played for during his career and the former United manager thinks that this shows just how quickly the outlook can change.
Souness saying ‘you can go from being near enough everyone’s favourite to go down to…you think they’re going to be fine’.
Newcastle’s six points out of six have lifted them to 15th in the table, whilst it is a similar case with Bournemouth, consecutive wins over Chelsea and Man Utd means they are one place higher in 14th.
When it comes to those who are clear favourites, not surprisingly Villa top the list for Graeme Souness as well as everybody else, the Sky Sports pundit saying they ‘look a sorry group’ with nothing suggesting that they look like they ‘can get out of trouble’.
As for Sunderland, Souness thinks they are struggling for consistency and the question is whether Allardyce can get a run going, whilst the other big candidates for the TV pundit are Norwich, a team ‘huffing and puffing’ according to him.
Graeme Souness says that to survive, any club has to come up with a ‘formula that makes them hard to play against but also allows them to nick goals’.
That perfectly sums up Newcastle United’s last two matches and a convincing win over Aston Villa would reassure fans that the team are really heading in the right direction, as well as pushing Aston Villa a step closer to needing snookers to stay up.
Graeme Souness speaking on Sky Sports:
“Mathematically, if it (staying up) is still possible, they (Aston Villa) will keep believing but they do look a sorry group, there wasn’t anything about them which suggests that they can get out of trouble.
“Sunderland are in and out, so can Big Sam get some consistency? They are another big football club that will feel that they shouldn’t be there.
“It is going to be hard for all of them down there but Newcastle have shown that in a short space of time, you can go from being near enough everyone’s favourite to go down to…. you think they’re going to be fine (after consecutive wins over Liverpool and Spurs).
“Norwich are a team huffing and puffing at the moment, conceding daft goals. They all have to come up with a formula that makes them hard to play against but that also allows them to nick goals.”