Robbie Savage has been looking at both Newcastle United and Aston Villa in the lead up to this afternoon’s match.

After 16 Premier League games, the former (hopeless) player and now (hopeless) pundit has been judging the achievements of the two clubs so far.

Robbie Savage reckons the wins over Liverpool and Tottenham have dug Newcastle ‘out of a massive hole’ but he doesn’t think McClaren and his players are ‘in the clear yet’.

Describing Newcastle as ‘woeful’ up until a few weeks ago, that is nothing compared to what he has to say about Aston Villa.

Savage asks ‘what on earth has happened to this great (Ho Ho) football club’?

He also thinks they are in danger of matching what happened to him and his Derby teammates when they set the all time lowest Premier League points total of 11 in the 2007/08 season.

(By the way, if anybody still believes Sam Allardyce’s nonsense about his time at Newcastle, just remind them that under his management United contributed 4 of those 11 points Derby collected)

Robbie Savage writing in The Mirror:

Newcastle United:

“They were heading for the cane in Headmaster Sav’s office until the last couple of results against Liverpool and Spurs dug them out of a massive hole.

“Until then, they were woeful and manager Steve McClaren’s not in the clear yet. Grade: C-“

Aston Villa:

“What on earth has happened to this great football club?

“For Villa to have only six points on the board at this stage of the season is ludicrous.

“If they are not careful, they will replace Derby’s class of 2008 (whose register included one Savage, Robert) as the worst Premier League team in history – and even we had collected seven points by Christmas. Grade: F”