Alan Shearer said Newcastle needed to spend £150m this summer to become a mid-table team, the figure just for top tier safety will be lower but at the moment it doesn’t look quite as low as the £20m or so net spend that Mike Ashley has allowed so far.
Defeat to Spurs despite a resolute first-half, has been followed with a desperately poor 90 minutes at Huddersfield.
They were red hot favourites to be relegated and whilst the 1-0 victory doesn’t suggest they were any great shakes, they were certainly far better than Newcastle.
Reacting after the final whistle, Alan Shearer posted on Twitter:
“On the evidence of the first two games it’s going to be a long, hard season for Newcastle United.”
Impossible to disagree with the Newcastle legend as Rafa Benitez is left to feed from scraps in terms of bringing in Premier League level signings.
Dwight Gayle didn’t look anywhere near full fitness and so £5m Joselu had to come on and try to make a difference, he did relatively ok but looks far from the quality needed.
This was repeated around the pitch, with existing players and low cost new signings, such as Perez, Diame, Manquillo, all looking not good enough.
West Ham at home now looks a massive match, the final one before the transfer window closes…
Stats from BBC Sport:
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0
Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 50
Possession was Huddersfield 53% Newcastle 47%
Total shots were Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 5
Corners were Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 3
Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Murphy 80), Gayle (Joselu 52)
Darlow, Aarons, Saivet, Mitrovic
Referee: Craig Pawson
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