Few would doubt the fact that the summer window has proved relatively frustrating for Newcastle United thus far.
While there have been some promising signings indeed, Rafa Benitez’s description of the market as ‘crazy‘ earlier on in the window seems typically apt and a few more additions are required if the Toon Army are going to enjoy their return to the proverbial Promised Land, rather than endure it.
Still, it’s not all doom and gloom, as one former coach will have you believe.
Dean Saunders, who worked under Graeme Souness at St. James’ Park between 2004 and 2006, has predicted a ‘car crash’ season after suggestions Benitez wasn’t overly delighted about the manner in which the club have gone about trying to land new additions.
That’s probably somewhat dramatic. Yes, the summer could have gone better, but struggling to get deals over the line (as Alan Pardew would say) seems to be a sewing motif throughout most of the league, aside from the top six and Everton.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how Newcastle fans reacted to Saunders’ comments on Twitter.
the man who assisted Graeme Sourmess, as he dismantled sir Bobbies team!
— Mick Bestford (@Mickbessy) August 5, 2017
So, Dean Saunders reckons #nufc are heading for a "car crash." The man who said Man United should sign Defoe over Lukaku. Cheers.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 5, 2017
Saunders should know about car crashes @nufc him and sourness were in charge of a almighty pile up in there time here #NUFC
— Michael Kelly (@mjk195140) August 5, 2017
Not sure who has the edge on this prediction? Dean Saunders or Rafa Benitez? Hmm .. maybe look at their managerial achievements? #NUFC https://t.co/yUtRehQXTo
— jaycee brown (@jayceebrownbook) August 5, 2017
Saunders, part of the Souness administration. Why on earth would he feel bitter towards #NUFC? https://t.co/mXcNfKcxEx
— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) August 5, 2017
Dean Saunders opinion on our situation is as relevant as kappa poppa trackies #nufc
— Scott Henry (@scotty17321) August 5, 2017
The bloke works for Talk Sport. That's all you need to know about his level of credibility!
— Micky Williams (@MickyW1982) August 5, 2017
Absolutely he knows what he’s talking about
— Paul Johnson (@johnsonP1977) August 5, 2017