Former Newcastle United star Keith Gillespie has told The Transfer Tavern that he is surprised by the club’s poor form this season, insisting that he did not foresee their relegation battle this season.
Steve Bruce’s side drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend in a result that moved the club three points clear of Fulham, who lost to Aston Villa to remain in the bottom three on Sunday.
Newcastle actually began the season in decent form, beating West Ham United on the opening day, and winning five and drawing two of their first 11 games.
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However, since their 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on December 12, Newcastle have won just twice, and they face a daunting run-in.
Bruce’s side play Burnley, West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City, Sheffield United and, most intriguingly of all, Fulham.
Gillespie is surprised to see Newcastle in the position they’re in, especially considering the signings in the summer of the likes of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, and Jamal Lewis.
He told TT: “I didn’t think they’d be scrapping for their lives. They brought in Jamal Lewis, things haven’t really worked out too well for him. Wilson’s been fantastic for them, where they would be without him? I dread to think.
“They brought in Fraser and you look at Fraser and Wilson, how well they worked together at Bournemouth. On the first day of the season you had Andy Carroll playing up front with Wilson, who was fantastic, but unfortunately with Andy Carroll you can’t keep him fit at times and 90 minutes is beyond him.”
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