Alan Shearer predicts what lies ahead for Newcastle United this season
Alan Shearer has been talking about Newcastle United ahead of the new season.
It will be the first season that starts with the new owners and Eddie Howe in place, after fifteen in a row that kicked off with Mike Ashley in control.
Alan Shearer thinks that Eddie Howe ”has already done a great job to turn the club around’ since he took over the shambles left behind by Bruce and Ashley.
The lifelong NUFC fan says he’d love to see Newcastle United fighting it out for a top six place with Man Utd…but that is something for the future in his opinion.
Alan Shearer believing that it is more realistic that Eddie Howe and his players can be competing somewhere between seventh and ninth.
The Newcastle United legend really rates Callum Wilson but like every other NUFC fan, fears that he won’t be available for a sizeable part of the new season. Wilson has scored at a fraction under a goal every two starts but the problem is that the striker has only started 39 PL games so far for Newcastle out of a possible 76.
Alan Shearer talking to BBC Sport about Newcastle United and the upcoming new season:
‘I’d love to say I think Newcastle will be fighting it out with Manchester United for a place in the top six, but I don’t quite see that happening yet.
Eddie Howe has already done a great job to turn the club around since he was appointed as manager in November and now my hope is that they will be challenging for seventh, eighth or ninth place, which I think is realistic with the squad they’ve got at the moment. They finished 11th last time, and were only three points off eighth place.
Another signing or two could make the difference there, especially up front – Chris Wood arrived from Burnley in January but so far he is the only striker Howe has signed.
With Callum Wilson’s history, you would think at some stage he is going to get another injury and they will need some more attacking options.
Whether they go for a striker or a different type of forward player – there have been reports about bids for Leicester’s James Maddison and Harvey Barnes – it is definitely in that department that they need to strengthen.’
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