Sam Allardyce revealed he didn’t think Newcastle United should be overly worried about suffering relegation from the Premier League in the upcoming season.
Alan Brazil told the former Newcastle boss that some people were tipping the Magpies to go down in their 2019/20 campaign during his talkSPORT show on Thursday.
“Sam, some people are talking about Newcastle going down here…,” said Brazil on talkSPORT (6:33am, Thursday, July 11th).
However, Allardyce claimed that based on their current squad, he wouldn’t envision them being relegated, though did admit they did have an issue scoring goals after Brazil pointed out there was no more Ayoze Perez or Salomon Rondon.
“I wouldn’t of thought so, on the basis of what they’ve got,” responded Allardyce.
“No (lack of goals in their squad), that’s true and they struggled in the first part of the season but finished strongly with a couple of loan players or players they bought in January.
“That window is very important as certainly when I’ve been in charge of sides, that has helped rescued teams, it rescued Blackburn, Sunderland and in some ways Everton.”
Is it a surprise that Newcastle are being tipped for relegation? After all the club are currently managerless and don’t have Perez or Rondon on their books anymore. Perez was sold to Leicester City while Rondon returned to his parent club West Bromwich Albion once his loan ended at the conclusion of last season, and without them, who is going to step up? The Spanish attacker led the Magpies’ scoring charts with 13 goals, averaging a goal every 229 minutes, and Rondon was just behind him with 12 goals due to averaging a goal every 218 minutes (Source: BBC). If you ignore Rondon and Perez in the Magpies’ scoring charts last season, then the Magpies most prolific force with defender Fabian Schar who scored four. Given that the Swiss defender’s main concern is helping the Magpies rack up clean sheets, it’s unlikely he’s going to be able to double that number next season to fire the Magpies to glory. This means that the Magpies have to sign a guarantee scorer in the transfer market just be safe, but there’s been no real movement as of yet.