Harry Redknapp predicts Newcastle will not kick on despite victory

Harry Redknapp believes Newcastle will fail to build on their weekend win over Liverpool.

Newcastle United secured a momentous victory at the weekend, beating in form Liverpool 2-0 at St James' Park.

Their win made a mockery of the form book, and lifted them back above rivals Sunderland in the Premier League table, who had briefly overtaken them a week earlier.

Despite the three points, a surprise win for Bournemouth away to reigning champions Chelsea means Newcastle remain in the relegation zone in 18th place, a point from safety.

Former Premier League boss Harry Redknapp does not see them kicking on and using the win as a springboard to help propel their season.

He told The Telegraph: "There is something still lacking and, along with five or six other teams, it is already obvious that they are going to be fighting a relegation battle this season.

"They have bought lots of players in and it almost looks like they have bought too many foreign players in. They could do with more of a British backbone to the team. They have bought loads of foreign forwards in. A couple came off the bench on Sunday and you are thinking: 'Who is he, where has he come from?”

"It looks to me like the club are going to have to recruit again. That team they have now is not going to get them in the top eight or nine. It is a bottom-half-of-the-table team."

He added that he was sceptical they could go to Tottenham next weekend and score a win, although it is worth remembering they did just this last season, and Redknapp would have been among the many who gave them little chance of beating Liverpool this past weekend.

As he points out Newcastle are likely going to have to spend again in January in order to help Steve McClaren out, while if results took a turn for the worse and they decided to sack him, a new manager would need even more investment.

The Tottenham game will be a bonus for Newcastle, with little expected, but the game they really need a result in is the following weekend when they have what will be a six-pointer against fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa.

Newcastle's struggles have been evident this season, but it should be remembered that they are only two points behind Chelsea at present.

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