Jamie Redknapp says Newcastle United’s individual quality is the biggest difference between themselves and Aston Villa as the two clubs prepare for their showdown at St. James’ Park, Sky Sports report.
Newcastle began the season in poor fashion but have recently pulled away from the drop zone somewhat following impressive back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Villa, on the other hand, remain rooted to the bottom as they still search for their first victory since the opening day of the season – a winless run which has set an unwanted club record.
Redknapp feels Villa are putting in the effort, yet he says they simply suffer from a real lack of quality and as a result find themselves someway behind Newcastle and staring relegation in the face.
“I look at this Villa side. They are having a go, but they’re just not good enough. They just haven’t got those qualities,” the former Tottenham midfielder told Sky Sports.
“I see Newcastle and you can see they have a few players in there that when the game them on they’re able to turn it on and I think that’s the difference between the two teams.”
“Can you see Aston Villa with the eleven that they’ve got turning it on for a game? Could they hit someone for six like Newcastle? I don’t think they can. Everything looks hard work for this Villa side.”
Newcastle have had their problems this season, yet in players such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez they have quality match-winners.
Steve McClaren was always going to take time to get things right at the club, and now the Magpies have the opportunity to really pull away from the bottom three and push up the table.
Villa, however, will be desperate for January to arrive so they can make some much-needed additions but before then they face Newcastle, Norwich City, West Ham United and Sunderland.
A failure to pick up a win or two over the festive period will leave Remi Garde’s men bang in trouble.