No surprise that football ‘experts’ such as Ray Wilkins and Jermaine Jenas always have plenty to say about Newcastle United, on the occasions when the Magpies have failed to win.
Last weekend, after the Blackburn defeat, saw Jermaine Jenas claim Newcastle would struggle if they were promoted with this current squad.
The former United midfielder saying that Rafa Benitez would need to ‘sell on’ most of his squad and bring in ‘more quality to stay in the Premier League’.
Following the League Cup loss on penalties to Hull City, it is the turn of Ray Wilkins.
The failed manager/assistant declared that Newcastle’s midweek defeat ‘goes to show the gap between Premier League and Championship’. Adding that if promoted, Newcastle would ‘have to reinforce dramatically’ with higher quality signings.
Not sure what exactly Tuesday night showed us but if Hull are any kind of a benchmark then what we saw, was Newcastle the dominant team and only failure to convert chances preventing a comfortable win.
What is most interesting is that these comments only seem to come after defeats, when it is easy to knock any club.
You would have a little bit more respect for the likes of Jermaine Jenas and Ray Wilkins, if after a Newcastle 2-0 win over say Brighton (currently second) or the 4-1 victory over Reading (currently third), they came out and said something along the lines of ‘Great win but more needed for the Premier League. As opposed to this opportunist attitude of taking advantage of the odd Newcastle defeat to make cheap comments.
Ray Wilkins talking to Sky Sports:
“It (Newcastle losing to Hull) just goes to show the gap between Premier League and Championship.
“It’s an eye opener for the Championship.
“To show that if they (Newcastle) get promoted they do have to reinforce dramatically.”
Jermaine Jenas speaking on BT Sport (Saturday 26 November):
“I think they (Newcastle) would struggle to be honest with the current squad in the Premier League.
“They are doing very well in the Championship, I think the two big things that they needed to do, they did.
“Which was to keep Rafa Benitez and also spend a lot of money.
“They did that and built a good squad but the bulk of the players…if they did come up…they would have to sell on.
“Get more quality to stay in the Premier League.”