Former England forward Stan Collymore told the Daily Mirror that he feels Newcastle United have finally given their fans something to shout about.
Collymore has suggested that at long last, the Magpies are starting to show some intent ahead of the new Premier League season and he’s backing them to improve on last season, where they narrowly avoided relegation thanks to a win against West Ham on the final day.
“Signings, intent, a feel-good factor, Hallelujah! It looks like Mike Ashley’s few words on TV at the end of last season actually carried some truth behind them,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum offer no guarantees – players can be hit or miss – so it’s vital that the Geordie public stick with them.”
“After such a long time without anything to crow about, I’m sure the Gallowgate is delighted with the potential quality and the sums involved.”
Familiar Premier League issues
In the case of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum, there will be some familiar problems for the new signings to deal with.
One of the main factors, which is likely to determine where Newcastle finish this season is how effectively the club’s new signings settle into Premier League life.
On the one hand, there is the potential difficulty of the extra pace and the extra physical nature of the league.
On the other hand, Newcastle can benefit from the fact they are new players that opposition sides haven’t come across before.
That gives them an element of a surprise factor and the Magpies should benefit as teams up and down the Premier League work out ways to keep the pair quiet and out of big games.