With the season having kicked off and only two weeks remaining of the transfer window, Alan Shearer has been sharing his thoughts on Newcastle United.
The number nine legend says that he agrees with Rafa Benitez that Newcastle fans are set for a ‘long hard season’.
Alan Shearer points out that when you ‘see the likes of West Brom, Leicester, West Brom, spending millions more (than Newcastle) on players’, it sums up how big the task is.
Shearer says that this level of spending power is ‘where Rafa himself thought he should be’ but for whatever reason…’he’s just not been able to make as many signings as he wants’.
In terms of aspirations, the former Newcastle striker can’t see past ‘looking at Premier League survival’.
To instantly go back to the Championship would be disastrous…
Alan Shearer talking to Coral:
“At my club Newcastle, I know Rafa Benitez has been frustrated by the lack of transfer activity over the summer.
“They have signed Joselu from Stoke this week, which is a step forward, but he still needs another two or three players in.
“Watching them against Spurs last weekend, it was clear that although they might try and make themselves hard to beat, they do need some more quality in the side, and the squad that won the Championship was always going to need strengthening for the Premier League.
“They signed Jacob Murphy for £12 million, but when you see the likes of West Brom, Leicester, Bournemouth, spending millions more on players, it shows you where the market is now, and where Rafa himself thought he should be, but he’s just not been able to make as many signings as he wants.
“It’s early days, but Rafa himself has been honest and said it will be a long hard season, and I agree with him, watching them against Spurs, he had them well-organised and tight, but getting goals might be an issue for them.
“Hopefully the signing of Joselu will help in that department, but realistically this season I think we’re looking at Premier League survival, and maybe a decent Cup run, but staying up has to be the priority, anything else will be a huge bonus.”