Former Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn told the Chronicle that he has reservations over the size and power of Steve McClaren’s team.
Quinn has suggested that Steve McClaren’s side aren’t imposing enough in terms of the physical presence and intimidation they carry into big games of football.
Hopefully, McClaren will find a way of being able to get the side performing effectively as the Magpies look to banish the negative memories of last season.
“One of my big worries is Newcastle aren’t big enough or imposing enough. Cabella was a good player but got knocked off the ball,” he told the Chronicle.
“I don’t want to see another player at Newcastle join and then within a week or two the excuse is there: ‘It will take him time to settle’ or ‘He’ll need to adapt’.”
Newcastle under pressure
Newcastle and manager McClaren are under big pressure because the importance of staying in the Premier League and being competitive has never been greater.
The new TV rights deal, which kicks in from next season, means that clubs are going to have small fortunes of cash to spend and it’s vital that the club remains comfortable in the division.
The only way that’s going to happen is with a high volume of wins and some consistent performances and that can start with McClaren ensuring that the team are very difficult to beat.
Newcastle need to be strong in all areas, they need to be strong in possession and very difficult to intimidate physically.