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A bit worrying when Newcastle fans are agreeing with what Harry Redknapp is saying

4 years ago
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Harry Redknapp has been casting his eye over the upcoming Premier League season.

He has picked six clubs that are going to be ‘really up against it’.

These six are Brighton, Huddersfield, Watford, Swansea, Burnley and Southampton.

He then adds a seventh to that list and says this is ‘maybe the most surprising for me’, the club being Newcastle United.

Harry Redknapp points to the lack of quality signings in the transfer window as the prime reason for why he believes Newcastle will struggle, unless something happens in the next four and a half weeks in terms of signings.

Redknapp admits ‘Rafa Benitez doesn’t need my advice’ but that ‘for whatever reason’, the United boss ‘hasn’t been able to do what he’s aware he has to do’ in the transfer market.

Like many other Newcastle fans, I have to admit I can’t really disagree with anything Harry Redknapp has said.

So I am now worrying on two fronts…how Newcastle will get on this season AND the fact that I am now agreeing with what Harry Redknapp says!

Harry Redknapp speaking to The Sun on Sunday:

“Rafa Benitez doesn’t need my advice as he’s one of the game’s top managers, so he knows the score.

“Yet we are a month from the close of the transfer window and, for whatever reason, he has not been able to do what he’s aware he has to do to make sure Newcastle do not go back down.

“That is get in more bodies, high quality bodies at that, or you fear it could all go horribly wrong over the next few months.

“I don’t want to be the prophet of doom for any club…I’ve a lot of mates who are managers in the Prem and I wish them all the very best, but there’s no escaping the fact that some are facing a fight to stay up.

“I have identified Watford, Swansea, Southampton, Burnley, Huddersfield and Brighton, as teams that are really going to be up against it.

“But the seventh of those in danger, Newcastle United, is maybe the most surprising for me.

“To stay up this year, more than in any other year, it is going to be about spending on quality and numbers to get you through.

“For a club of Newcastle’s size and potential, it has been a worryingly quiet window and Rafa must persuade owner Mike Ashley to part with some more cash.

“But they seem to get it at Huddersfield – if they are going back down they are making sure it won’t be without trying everything possible to survive.

“They have already spent money on 10 players, that’s DOUBLE the number that have arrived at Newcastle, and you have to admire how such a small club is pushing the boat out.

“But it is not mission impossible for any of the seven clubs, as Sean Dyche has proved at Burnley.”

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