first_img NEW ERA Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? highlights Latest Football News possible standings Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday Good luck 👍🏻— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) August 6, 2018Shearer added: “In Rondon what they’ve got is someone that works very hard, will ask questions and will run in behind.“Hopefully he might be a bit freer at Newcastle because he has played in very restrictive systems at West Brom.“It was around about £3 or £4m for Dubravka and he made a huge difference. He paid that fee alone for the performance against Manchester United when he was brilliant at St James’s Park. He almost single-handedly kept them at bay.“In Kenedy they have someone who can travel with the ball, can drag the team forward. You need someone who can carry that ball forward into the final third.” Benitez guided Newcastle to a tenth-placed finish in the Premier League last season Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible xi Alan Shearer understands Rafa Benitez’s frustrations but is convinced he will stay at Newcastle United this season.The club have made a number of signings this summer but fans were hoping for bigger name recruits ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, and Benitez has made it clear he is not happy with the quality of his squad. ALTERED “They have a top manager and that will give me hope that they can avoid relegation this year. To finish tenth last year was incredible.“I do think Rafa will stick around because I think he lives in hope that someone will buy the football club. He realises the potential there. There are 52,000 fans at the stadium who care for that club. If nothing changes at the end of the season then I’m sure he will go.”Although the Magpies ended up surviving relatively comfortably last term, they only scored just 39 goals in 38 league games.Forwards Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto have come in to bolster Newcastle’s threadbare front line.The club have also secured the permanent signing of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and the loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Kenedy – who spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’s Park. smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact 1 There are just two days until the window closes and it looks as though there will not be any further additions.Shearer, who played for his boyhood club between 1996-2006, has voiced his concerns for the club going into the new season but felt Benitez would not be driven away from the club just yet.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham and Darren Gough at the Premier League launch event, Shearer said: “Rafa is obviously angry because he was promised he would be given all the funds that were generated to spend on the team and that hasn’t happened.“I understand Rafa’s frustration totally and the fans’ frustration too.“They work all week in Newcastle to spend their money and have a good time at the weekend. A good time is going to St James’s Park and seeing their team and being loyal and being supportive and having hope but they haven’t had that. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? last_img

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