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John Barnes verdict on Miguel Almiron and Sean Longstaff and talks miracles and Newcastle harmony

3 years ago

John Barnes thinks one big thing is missing at Newcastle United.

He claims NUFC have a ‘good squad with strong players’ but that ‘harmony’ is the missing ingredient between ‘the fans, the board and the players.’

The only member of Newcastle’s board is Mike Ashley’s stooge, Lee Charnley, but in this instance John Barnes is obviously meaning the club’s owner.

The former Newcastle player saying that taking into account the absence of harmony due to Ashley’s actions: ‘Rafa is working miracles’ as Newcastle approach the weekend outside the relegation zone, albeit only by a point.

Picking out a coupe of players, John Barnes says about new signing Miguel Almiron that ‘He’s got the talent and quality to do well’ although stepping up to the Premier League is a big one.

One player who has stepped up is Sean Longstaff, the 21 year old one of Newcastle’s best players this past five or six weeks, Barnes saying ‘He’s doing a fantastic job of late and long may it continue.’

John Barnes, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform about Newcastle’s squad:

“Newcastle have a good squad with strong players but a lot is to do with the harmony at the club.

“The fans, the board and the players.

“Regardless of how good you are, you will lose football matches if the harmony is not right.

“Considering the upheaval, Rafa is working miracles.

“The squad has quality but when you consider the harmony of the club as seen at Manchester United this season, a team can struggle.

“It’s all about maximising your potential and I believe that they are good enough to stay up.

Why Rafa needs to be working miracles isn’t because of the squad, because the players are good enough, he’s overriding the current feeling from the board at Newcastle.”

On Miguel Almiron stepping up to the Premier League:

“It will be difficult for Miguel Almiron coming from the MLS, from a league that is not very demanding.

“When compared to the cauldron that is the Premier League, whereby you are instantly under pressure.

“It will be interesting to see how he does because no matter how good you are, you’re playing intense football week in, week out.

“Almiron can show his ability within the MLS but to translate that to the Premier League is something else entirely.

“He’s got the talent and quality to do well.”

On Sean Longstaff:

“To play in the Premier League you’ve got to be a good player but you have to be in the right environment to show what you’ve got to do.

“It doesn’t surprise me to see him doing well because there are no bad players who get a chance in the Premier League.

“He’s doing a fantastic job of late and long may it continue.”


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