Newcastle United are ‘absolutely nailed on’ to win the Championship according to Tim Sherwood.

Already overwhelming favourites with the bookies, Newcastle will also possess the biggest wage bill in the division, as well as almost certainly the biggest transfer outlay.

Grant Hanley is on his way to Tyneside for a medical today, the two clubs agreeing a reported £5.5m fee according to Sky Sports.

That sixth signing for Rafa Benitez, will take the club’s spending to way over £30m with still six weeks of the transfer window remaining.

Tim Sherwood of course was one of the chief architects of assembling one of the worst Premier League squads ever seen.

Only Derby County and Sunderland could claim to have worse sides in PL history, Sherwood overseeing some serious spending last summer that made Newcastle United’s transfer activity look almost sensible.

Despite the disaster that was the Villa team last season, Tim Sherwood still claims that his old team will be ‘right up there’ with Newcastle, stating that there are a lot of players at Villa Park who ‘can do a good job in the Championship’.

Tim Sherwood speaking on Talksport:

“I know he (Villa manager Roberto di Matteo] has got a tough job…

“He has got a lot of players there who can do a good job in the Championship.

“I think Newcastle United are absolutely nailed on to win that league but Villa should be right up there.”

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