The argument of Wolves 2018/19 better than Keegan’s Newcastle United 1993/94 finally settled
Phil Neville made a fool out of himself very early on this season, when claiming (see below) Wolves were the best ever promoted team to come up out of the second tier in the Premier League era
A lot of other pundits/’experts’ joined in, as Nuno’s team made a good start to the season, including getting a few decent results against the better teams.
Now with three games of the season still remaining, we have the definitive answer to who is/was best, Wolves 2018/19 or Newcastle United 1993/94.
This was Keegan’s NUFC team at the end of the (42 games) 1993/94 season:
Played 42 Won 23 Drawn 8 Lost 11 Goals scored 82 Goals against 41 GD +41 Points 77 Position 3rd
This is Nuno’s Wolves with three games remaining:
Played 35 Won 14 Drawn 9 Lost 12 Goals scored 44 Goals against 43 GD +1 Points 51 Position 7th
A few observations…
Keegan’s team finished 3rd and Wolves can’t end the season higher than 7th.
Keegan’s team had a +41 goal difference, Wolves currently have +1.
Wolves have already conceded more goals (43) in 35 games than Keegan’s did (41 goals) in 42 games.
If you average Keegan’s points and goals totals, in a 38 game season it would equal 70 points and 74 goals, at their current averages, Wolves are scheduled to end the season with 55 points and 48 goals. Even if Wolves all their last three games they would still be 10 points behind Keegan’s on a 38 game comparison, whilst Wolves need to score 31 goals in their final three games to match Keegan’s team on a 38 game basis.
Whether you talk about league placing, points, goals, defending, entertainment, whatever…Kevin Keegan’s 1993/94 team were streets ahead of this Wolves side. Fact, as Rafa might say.
To put it really into perspective, Wolves have scored 44 goals so far, whilst in 1993/94 Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley scored 55 Premier League goals between them (65 in all competitions).
The Mag – 24 September 2018:
Phil Neville should maybe stick to talking about his expert subject, women’s football.
The former Man Utd player showing himself up when appearing on Match of The Day 2 on Sunday night.
After having watched Wolves draw away against what looks a very average Manchester United team, Phil Neville came out with a well over the top claim.
This is what Neville and MOTD 2 presenter Mark Chapman said in their exchange:
“Defensively they (Wolves) are really solid, you saw the (Man) United game yesterday, they (Man Utd) struggled to break them down.
“They (Wolves) are the best side to ever come up from the Championship.
“I think they are brilliantly coached, I think he has got the balance right, Nuno, between defending in numbers and strength, then attacking with quality in midfield.”
“So in the Premier League era, you would have them better than say Kevin Keegan and Newcastle United who came up with Andy Cole up front?”
“Yes, I think they (Wolves) are the best side that has ever come up from the Championship.
“They have spent money, they have got quality players. You saw on Saturday the strength in quality they have got on the bench, the quality up front, the two midfielders.
“They will not be scared to go to any Premier League ground.”
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