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.”