Paul Merson has given his verdict on where Newcastle United will finish in the Premier League this season.
Going down through his predictions as he selected from Champions downwards, I was curious to see just how low he would be going with NUFC…
As it happens, Merson has predicted Newcastle to stay up, but only just!
He says ‘I worry for them (Newcastle)’ and has accused Mike Ashley of ‘cutting corners’ when it comes to the transfer budget this summer.
The net result is that Paul Merson believes that United have been left with ‘A Championship team’ and says ‘I worry about Benitez getting frustrated’.
Whilst it is through gritted teeth, difficult not to argue with what Merson is saying this time, especially as after Sunday’s friendly win against Hellas Verona, Rafa Benitez himself made clear that transfers he expected hadn’t happened as yet.
Paul Merson has actually predicted the same three clubs to get relegated, and in the same order, as Matt le Tissier did the other day. A bit predictably going for promoted clubs Huddersfield and Brighton to finish bottom and second bottom, then last season’s fourth from bottom club, Watford, to fill the other relegation spot.
Merson says that with Rafa as manager and the backing of 50,000 fans every home match, Newcastle should ‘Go out and sign two £30m players!’.
Paul Merson predicting the Premier League positions for Sky Sports (his write up on Newcastle below):
“They won’t be happy with this, but they haven’t really recruited yet.
“I worry for them, and I think the fans will keep them up.
“This is a Championship team, and they haven’t really added much top-flight quality.
“They get 50,000 every week, they have Rafa Benitez as manager, go out and sign two £30m players!
“They haven’t done that, and I think they’re cutting corners.
“I worry about Benitez getting frustrated.”