Relegation is a strong possibility for Newcastle United according to former Sunderland winger, Leighton James.
The one-time Welsh international also played for Swansea and has a column in the South Wales Evening Post.
Reflecting on Saturday’s match, James says that Newcastle fans should be just as worried as Sunderland fans when it comes to relegation fears this season.
The player turned pundit describes as ’embarrassing’ the gulf between Swansea and Newcastle, which on Saturday’s evidence is hard to argue with.
Leighton James says that with the 2-0 victory meaning Swansea have beaten Newcastle in six of their last seven clashes (the other one a draw), the time is long gone when anybody should be surprised when they defeat ‘a once great side’.
James adds that Swansea are ‘operating on a completely different level to Newcastle’ and finishing 17 points clear of United last season, there is plenty of evidence to back that up.
The belated transfer spending this summer by Mike Ashley won’t lead to an instant catch-up with well run clubs such as Swansea, who have shown ambition over a number of years whilst Newcastle have stagnated with under-investment.
Hopefully though the penny has dropped with Ashley and yesterday’s signing of Florian Thauvin is further proof of that.
Leighton James writing for the South Wales Evening Post
Never mind Sunderland being early tips for relegation — Newcastle fans should also start worrying after last weekend’s display.
The Magpies were absolutely woeful in that 2-0 defeat at the Liberty and anyone who watched the game knows the score could easily have been double that.
Swansea City were so much better than the Geordies it was embarrassing.
That was Swansea’s sixth victory over the Magpies in seven games — and the other match ended as a draw.
We’ve gone past the point where Swansea can relish in a good run of results against a once great side.
They are now operating on a completely different level to Newcastle.
And, if they’re not careful, Newcastle’s area of the table could be the one that gets booted into the Championship come May.
I don’t think Newcastle will be causing anyone too much pain this season.’