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Frank McAvennie ‘specialist’ Newcastle United insight somehow misses most obvious…

4 weeks ago
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Frank McAvennie has given Newcastle United fans and neutrals alike, the benefit of his expert opinion on what is happening at St James Park.

Exactly why the 61 year former West Ham and St Mirren striker is even asked about his opinion on NUFC is a mystery to me…

The sum knowledge of Newcastle United gained by Frank McAvennie is presumably based on the handful of games he played at St James Park over 30 years ago, when turning out for the Hammers.

However, that is missing the point of course, because EVERYBODY thinks they know a canny bit about Newcastle United and think they can then lecture NUFC fans about their own club.

Without you know, having to do anything like research, or indeed anything that requires a bit of effort.

Frank McAvennie speaking to Football Insider:

“Newcastle isn’t a desirable place to be.

“I’m looking at the players and their heads are so low, so low.

“I don’t know how Steve Bruce is going to change that?

“He [Steve Bruce] is a good lad and he’ll talk to them.

“But Newcastle need fresh blood.

“That gets players excited again and it helps the dressing room.

“If that’s not going to happen then the players will start to think ‘what’s the point?’.

“A new signing gets an extra 20% out of players.

“Newcastle are still trying to steady the ship and they haven’t actually improved since last season.

“It’s a hard one for them to fix, it’s a mess.”

You can kind of agree with his general message up to a point BUT there is a glaring error / misdirection in this ‘expert’ Frank McAvennie analysis.

McAvennie portraying Steve Bruce in all of this as some kind of victim and / or innocent bystander.

That narrative put across by the former Hammer on the NUFC Head Coach, rather than the truth, that he is very much somebody who is responsible for a large part of this mess, along with his boss Mike Ashley.

Steve Bruce inherited a middle of the table Premier League squad and these past 25 months has then been allowed a net spend of £125m om that Newcastle United squad.

Quite astonishing how outsider experts such as Frank McAvennie and others can conveniently miss these ‘little’ things.

Rafa Benitez made a small profit on transfers in and out during his three years at Newcastle United, Mike Ashley then allowing Steve Bruce the benefits of starving Rafa of transfer funds, by allowing this £125m+ net spend during Bruce’s reign.

After promotion to the Premier League, Rafa Benitez wasn’t allowed to spend more than £10m on a player until his very final signing before Mike Ashley eventually forced him out. Miguel Almiron was signed for £20m on 31 January 2019 and Rafa Benitez only had the benefit of nine starts and one sub appearance from Almiron BUT that helped him shift the team onto a more attacking footing with that addition of pace in transition, so much so that Rafa’s final 16 games saw NUFC scoring the fifth highest number of goals in the Premier League and accumulating the fifth highest number of points.

As well as inheriting £20m Almiron, Steve Bruce has then been allowed to add £20m Wilson, £40m Joelinton, £20m ASM, £15m Lewis, £25m Willock, as well as a free transfer such as Fraser who had been previously valued in that kind of £20m bracket.

Can you imagine if it had been Rafa Benitez in July 2019 taking over a mid-table team and then in the next 25 months allowed a £125m+ net spend, absolutely nobody would be thinking it acceptable that Newcastle United were big relegation favourites and that Rafa deserved any sympathy / leeway. All the ‘experts’ would be writing / talking endlessly about how on earth he still had his job at Newcastle United.

Funny that, isn’t it.

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