Ian Wright has often had the knack of winding Newcastle fans up, especially when defending his old mate, the now out of work Alan Pardew.

However, he has now declared ‘I quite like Newcastle…’.

Talking about the three promoted clubs, Ian Wright says that Jamaal Lascelles is giving the team/club leadership and he likes the way the centre-back ‘talks, I like the way that he plays’.

Wright thinks Newcastle will be ok this season and stay up comfortably with the help of the fans’ backing, plus if the forward start to put away the chances, that will make the job even easier.

It is a bit of a turnaround from when Ian Wright spoke (see below) a few days before the season kicked off, back in August.

Back then, Ian Wright stated ‘I don’t think Newcastle are strong enough to perform well at the moment’.

However, even then he did admit that if Rafa Benitez was backed properly in the transfer market then ‘Newcastle have the capability of attracting players’.

Wright declaring that ‘Once it gets going up at St James Park it is pretty awesome’.

Newcastle fans are more than happy with performances so far and 10 points from seven games putting them in ninth place at this early stage – but you do wonder just what could be achieved if Rafa was given more realistic funds, rather than Mike Ashley blocking any transfers in January this year and restricting Rafa to a net spend of only £11.5m this summer (compared to Brighton £48m and Huddersfield £43m).

For starters, just imagine if Rafa Benitez had been given the money to buy two players who could be scoring ‘a couple more goals up front’, rather than Joselu and Perez who clearly are no more than squad players at best in the Premier League.

Ian Wright speaking to Sky Sports:

“I quite like Newcastle…

“I like their captain, Jamaal Lascelles.

“I like the way that he talks, I like the way that he plays.

“If they can nick a couple more goals up front, getting them to settle down when they are playing well in a game, and there’s a great noise up at St James Park, then I fancy them (to do ok this season).”

Ian Wright speaking to Sky Sports – 9 August 2017:

“I don’t think Newcastle are strong enough to perform well at the moment.

“I think Rafa Benitez is in a great position…

“He has said: ‘OK, I will deal with what I have got’ – if it is not going well going into Christmas it will then start getting restless and it will go back to what it was before.

“If Newcastle had the money and had the right people, they could attract players, because once it gets going up at St James Park it is pretty awesome.

“We know that players might want to move on after that but I do believe Newcastle have the capability of attracting players.”

  • Jimblag23

    Well I think you’re a d!ck. 😝

    • Wor Lass

      Jackie`s article isn`t exactly scintillating but I think that`s a bit strong, Jim!

  • Wor Lass

    There isn`t exactly much difference in what he said then and what he says now. he`s qualifying everything with references to Rafa`s expertise and the influence of the fans. I reckon that his two positions more-or-less mirror the vast majority of our own supporters. We`ve gone from definite relegation battle pre-season to possible mid-table glory now. Big deal.

  • Alan Pardew

    Super Alan Pardew is a top man. Do you think Mike Ashley has any regrets? I do!

  • steve pearce

    Transfer funds were limited because the club is up for sale. Nobody in their right mind would spend millions on players for a club which would soon belong to somebody else who will have the means to spend 100m plus. As for Wrighty, I don’t care what he has to say and his only saving grace is that he’s a very good mate of John Lydon.

  • S.G.M.

    There are writers on here that could write an article on the “Inside of a ping-pong ball” and still manage to splice in a dig on Mike Ashley and his transfer budget. Its getting really tedious. Get over it.

  • MadMag83

    Another pathetic attempt at trying to generate hatred, what is it with the staff writers?

  • Damon Horner

    Is that much different from our fans own opinions? team was written off by their own fans in the main during pre-season, no more talk of record low points totals now. Lascelles seems to have won a few more over by scoring two headers too.