Former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer has been giving his opinion on what awaits both his old club and Aston Villa next season.
Dyer thinks that Villa are in such a state that he can’t even see them making the top six, never mind bouncing back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Newcastle fans have the benefit of Rafa already being at the club for over three months now and finding out a lot about the players he has inherited. However, Aston Villa have only brought in their new manager (Roberto di Matteo) and confirmed the change of club ownership in recent days.
Kieron Dyer sees Newcastle in a much stronger position, especially due to Rafa Benitez having money to spend and no pressure to sell any player that he wants to keep.
However, Dyer does use a bad example in Andros Townsend, with the winger having a buyout clause that would mean he could leave Newcastle and Rafa would have no power to stop it.
The quality of manager is also a big positive for Kieron Dyer, especially with Rafa Benitez being able to force Mike Ashley into handing over control of the transfer process at the club.
One position that everybody knows Newcastle need to strengthen is up front, Dyer saying that his old club need a 20 goals a season striker brought in.
Ironically, in the last Championship season of 2009/10, Newcastle scored 90 goals but had nobody with more than 17 goals. The big positive back then was that so many players contributed, with 20 different goalscorers (see the full list HERE).
Difficult to see the current Newcastle squad reaching anywhere near that 90 goals total, meaning it is essential that goals need to be added to the team and not just by adding one out and out goalscorer.
Kieron Dyer speaking to the Express:
“You look at the Aston Villa team at the moment, I don’t fancy them to get top six in the Championship. They are a lot worse off than Newcastle, that’s for sure.”
“Newcastle have already got England internationals such as Shelvey at the club. They are in such a great financial situation that they don’t need to sell their players.
“You never know, Andros Townsend and that might want to leave but I don’t think Rafa Benitez has to sell (any player).
“They need a goalscorer – someone to get that 20 goals. They will identify someone and blow out any other club with regards to wages.
“He (Rafa Benitez) wouldn’t have stayed on if he hasn’t got complete control, even though Newcastle got relegated, his stock went up. We know how desperate West Ham were to have him before he took the Real Madrid job.
“I can’t see why he would have been manager of Newcastle without them (guarantees over money to spend and control of buying and selling etc).”