It will be interesting to see what happens next season at Newcastle United, according to Peter Beagrie.
The Sky Sports pundit is one of the many who is now speculating as to what happens next, with the promotion button finally having been pressed.
Beagrie says that Mike Ashley now has to match the ambition of Rafa Benitez.
That the Manager has delivered on his first job of getting Newcastle straight back up, securing automatic promotion on 88 points with two matches still left to go.
Peter Beagrie names three players who he thinks can be key next season, with Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle all fit for purpose in the to division.
However, the former Middlesbrough and Sunderland player thinks that even though some other players ‘have covered themselves in glory’ this season in the second tier, the bottom line is that there is a ‘chasm to the Premier League’.
Straight after the 4-1 win over Preston, Alan Shearer said much the same, that you ‘can’t be loyal and give all the players a chance’ in the Premier League who got you promoted.
Peter Beagrie believes that it is a case now of Rafa Benitez saying ‘I’ve done what you asked me to do, now back me so we can have a really good go next year’ in the Premier League.
If the money is there, can Newcastle United attract the quality of players needed to make that step next season?
The Sky Sports pundit thinks that with one key ingredient it will happen..’With Rafa Benitez at the club they will’.
Peter Beagrie talking to Sky Sports:
“Rafa Benitez has done what he stayed to do and it will be interesting to see what happens next year.
“The club will have to massively match his ambition – they will have to spend a huge amount of money.
“They have showed they can do that, although they have balanced the books, because this squad is not good enough for the Premier League.
“The top players are, that’s lots of them that are, but he needs to bolster that squad and it will be an even greater achievement for Rafa to get a mid-table position next year in the Premier League.
“It will be a case of, ‘I’ve done what you asked me to do, now you back me so we can have a really good go next year’.
“Three key players, Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie. They will certainly feature.
“For all the other players the jury will be out. Even some of the players that have covered themselves in glory with some starring performances this year. That’s the chasm to the Premier League.
“Will they be able to attract those kinds of players? With Rafa Benitez at the club they will.”