Robbie Savage has been assessing Newcastle United.
The former player looking at the job Rafa Benitez is doing in the most trying of circumstances.
The season has started with four 2-1 defeats to clubs who finished top six last season, a 0-0 draw at Cardiff producing the only point so far.
Despite this, Robbie Savage says that Rafa Benitez is a ‘fantastic manager’ who could/should be still managing one of those top six clubs.
Reflecting on Newcastle ending up top half last season, Savage thinks it was ‘incredible’ when you consider it was done ‘without investment’ of any credible kind.
Whilst as for this season after Mike Ashley insisted on a £20m+ profit in the summer transfer market, the player turned pundit declares that now 17th with this current squad wold also be an ‘incredible achievement’…difficult to take but hard to argue.
Yet another ‘incredible’ waste of a golden opportunity by Mike Ashley.
Robbie Savage talking to BBC Radio 5 Live:
“I would have been surprised if Newcastle had nicked a draw (against Arsenal).
“They do look like they are playing quite negatively but Rafa Benitez is a fantastic manager.
“He could still manage a top six side.
“But look at that (Newcastle) squad…
“To finish tenth last season without investment was an incredible achievement and if he finishes seventeenth this year with that side…I think it’s (also) an incredible achievement.
“I see an organised team.
“Where Rafa will look at his players and look at who he is playing against.
“Against Chelsea only 19% possession and nearly nicked a draw, then against Arsenal they were a bit more positive going forward.
“Newcastle’s goal came from one centre-half crossing for another.
“Newcastle just went for it in the final ten to fifteen minutes.”