Former Swansea striker Lee Trundle has been picking at a scab from the summer.
Back then he got into an online war of words with Micky Quinn and some Newcastle fans.
The start of the ‘debate’ was when Tammy Abraham signed for Swansea.
Mick Quinn pointing out that he would have been better off at a ‘bigger’ club such as Newcastle.
Lee Trundle saying now ‘there was an uproar in Newcastle about it’.
Any uproar from Newcastle fans was due to the widely report claims that Rafa Benitez had lined the player up to sign at the very start of the transfer window, only for Mike Ashley to refuse to pay the loan fee and wages.
Lee Trundle says about Newcastle – ‘Yes they’ve got a massive fanbase, but a really big club wouldn’t get relegated twice in nine years.’
Well, when you have got an owner such as Mike Ashley, sadly anything (negative) is possible.
Trundle does though get it right in another area, when he adds ‘Benitez is a class manager, you cannot deny that. So you’d expect him to get the best from Newcastle.’
If only Newcastle United had an owner(s) to match their manager.
Lee Trundle speaking to Wales online:
“It (the game at Newcastle) is winnable. And the way Swansea City’s form has picked up in recent weeks makes this a perfect game for the new management team to send the players out with freedom. They should have nothing to fear, just go up there and attack.
“There was some debate between myself and Newcastle fans in the summer after Swansea beat the Magpies to the signing of Tammy Abraham.
“I responded to Micky Quinn’s claim that Newcastle were “a far bigger club” than the Swans by saying it’s recent records that count.
“Tammy obviously chose Swansea and there was an uproar in Newcastle about it, but what have they actually done to warrant that status?
“Yes they’ve got a massive fanbase, but a really big club wouldn’t get relegated twice in nine years. That was my argument
“But regardless, I always thought — with the players they can still attract and Rafa Benitez as manager — they’d be well clear of the relegation zone. I’m not surprised they’ve held their own in the Premier League.
“Benitez is a class manager, you cannot deny that. So you’d expect him to get the best from Newcastle.
“I would, however, advise the Swans keep a close eye on Jonjo Shelvey. Coming up against an ex player, the worry again is that he’ll score or do well against Swansea. It always seems to happen so the Swans must keep him quiet.
“For me, he’s a crucial player for Newcastle and he’ll be up for this one.”