Mark Lawrenson believes Newcastle United would finish seventh if Rafa Benitez had £100m to spend

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez (C) waves to the camera during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on May 08, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United will be looking to end their Premier League campaign on a high when they take on Fulham.

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 2, 2019 in London,...

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Newcastle United would finish seventh 'at best' if Mike Ashley were to give manager Rafa Benitez £100 million to spend. 

A lot has been made of what will happen with the Magpies in the summer and whether Ashley will splash the cash in order for the club to compete.

Benitez has done a wonderful job in recent seasons and during this campaign, he once again secured their status in England's top-flight despite working on a small budget. 

 

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson seemingly backed Ashley's idea in spending little because he believes going that extra mile won't result in big rewards. 

"We already know Magpies owner Mike Ashley is never going to splash the cash, because he could give Benitez £100m and he is realistically only going to finish seventh, at best," Lawrenson told BBC Sport. 

"They are halfway up the table right now, so how many more places up the table are they going to get as a return for his money?

"That is Ashley's way of thinking. He is a businessman and Newcastle made an £18.6m profit last season, so he is never going to agree with the fans urging him to spend."

Newcastle United fans display a banner in support of manager Rafael Benitez (not pictured) before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on...

Newcastle will be looking to end the season on a high when they travel to already-relegated Fulham on Sunday in what is the final game of the season. 

The likes of Salomon Rondon, Fabian Schar and Matt Ritchie have thrived for the club this term, with Benitez being the mastermind behind their survival.

But the North East club will want to push on and prove their worth even further next term and possibly finish in the top 10 if their summer business is successful. 

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez  during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on May 08, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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