A popular topic of debate has been how this current Newcastle team compares to the one of 2009/10.

In that last Championship season, United proved far too strong for the opposition and scored 90 goals on the way to amassing 102 points.

That was 11 points clear of the runners-up and of course the heart of that Newcastle team went on to comfortably achieve mid-table security the following season in the Premier League, despite minimal investment and the sale of Andy Carroll midway through the campaign.

So does this current NUFC side measure up?

According to Ben Turner, the answer is no.

He believes that the hype was overdone pre-season about the current players and believes the likes of Jonas Gutierrez and Andy Carroll were a cut above.

Turner is in a decent position to judge, as he is now playing for Burton Albion in the Championship and was in the second tier with Coventry City in that 2009/10 season.

Newcastle demolished Coventry 4-1 at home and 2-0 away that season, so Ben Turner experienced close up just how superior that Newcastle team was, a team that went on to lose only four games in the entire season, compared to three in 11 already for the current side.

The question of course that really matters, is not whether this current NUFC outfit is as good as the Jonas/Carroll one, it is whether they can outperform the 23 other teams this season.

The signs are promising but after this international break we are all hoping that Rafa’s team can turn the pressure on and start to dominate the division.

Ben Turner speaking to the Burton Mail:

“People say the Championship gets stronger every year but I don’t necessarily agree with that, I think it’s been strong for a while.

“Everyone was saying how good this Newcastle team was going into this season but I don’t think that’s as good a Newcastle team as the Newcastle team with Gutierrez, Andy Carroll and those boys.

“I don’t think it’s as strong as that Newcastle team. I don’t think this Newcastle team means the league is stronger because I think that one was, but at the same time I don’t think it gets any weaker, across the whole league.

“If you go into the start of the season and ask who is going to do well, you could literally point out any team and have your reasons for believing that team could do well.

“If you get it right and get the right players in, the right characters in the dressing room, you could do well and teams are proving that all the time.”