Garth Crooks was full of it after Newcastle went sixth in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Magpies defeating Crystal Palace with an 86th minute winner from Mikel Merino.
Not the greatest game to watch but a great result that pushed Newcastle up to those dizzy heights.
Nobody claiming Newcastle United are the finished article but Rafa Benitez is working miracles with meagre resources, no signings allowed last January and then only an £11.5m net spend this summer.
Garth Crooks thinks the sky is the limit for Rafa Benitez and NUFC if the United boss is given ‘the right resources’.
The BBC pundit describes Newcastle as a ‘huge club’ and believes ‘Rafa Benitez has the pedigree to do something quite special’.
As to what that ‘special’ thing could be, Garth Crooks insists that he rates Rafa so highly, he believes Newcastle could even win the Premier League if the manager is properly backed.
Garth Crooks talking on the BBC:
“I think the Newcastle fans think that Rafa Benitez deserves the resources to take them where the fans want to be.
“Which could be a top six side.
“I mean it is a huge club and Rafa Benitez has the pedigree to do something quite special.
“So I think there is no doubt for me, he is a top class manager and they (Newcastle) are lucky to have him.
“I think he is capable….I mean with Keegan they didn’t win anything with Newcastle – but he flirted with the title.
“Rafa can win it (Premier League) with the right resources there, I think that highly of him.
“Can win the title (at Newcastle) with the right resources.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle: Merino 86
Possession was Palace 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Palace 10 Newcastle 7
Shots on target were Palace 0 Newcastle 3
Corners were Palace 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden (Merino 56), Atsu, Perez (Diame 66), Joselu (Mitrovic 78)
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Murphy
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Palace match HERE)
(Alan Shearer reacts to win over Palace HERE)
(Amusing Roy Hodgson hard luck story after final whistle HERE)
(To view our interactive NUFC player ratings and to add your own marks out of 10 go HERE)