Garth Crooks makes uncalled for comments about NUFC following recent run of form

After picking Jamaal Lascelles in his Premier League team of the week, BBC pundit Garth Crooks made some rather flippant comments about Newcastle’s form, claiming we will ‘soon run out of gas’ and that ‘this bubble will burst’.

In his weekly piece for the BBC, the 59-year old began by praising in-form captain Jamaal Lascelles, who he had picked in his Premier League XI for his performance against Stoke, but like so many TV pundits these days, he couldn’t resist throwing a seed of doubt into the mix.

Crooks suggested the bubble would soon burst for the club, claiming we would be unable to keep up this level of performance:

“This is heroic stuff from this Newcastle squad but they will soon run out of gas. It is imperative Rafa Benitez is allowed to continue developing this team in January because this bubble will burst.”

Don’t get me wrong, i’m not expecting us to stay in the top four, but I find his comments a little uncalled for, undermining Benitez and providing another example of a pundit who seems keen to burst our bubble.

Does Garth have a point, or are these comments a little unnecessary from the BBC pundit?



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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

6 thoughts on “Garth Crooks makes uncalled for comments about NUFC following recent run of form

  1. Why or why are there so many so called pundits having a dig at Nufc. It is becoming an obsession that someone (southern based) has to say something negative on a daily basis. Really really annoying to put it politely, are we hated that much or is it some form of jealousy

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  2. I posted a comment yesterday on a different site. I will write it again here by saying, who the hell does he think he is ? He isn’t psychic, he can’t see into the future, why doesn’t he comment on Everton who have spent a fortune on transfers and are absolutely terrible. All pundits (except shearer) are saying the same as this idiot that our bubble will burst, none of them like it when we have a little success. They’re all jealous because they were never that good in their careers and are even worse as so called pundits.

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  3. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable comment, given our squad and investment to be fair.
    You could also portray it as supporting Rafa to get more money from Ashley.

    I never heard the context it was said in, but if anyone thinks we are going to finish 4th or above, then you need to check yourself. I’m not saying it’s impossible, only very unlikely.

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  4. i think its the people who are replying on here that are being a bit deluded. Garth is completely correct in all he says. Benitez does need to get funding from Ashley in January to strengthen. We all know this current side is simply not good enough for the Premier League. The fact we have 9 points against mediocre teams should not detract from the fact that the bubble will burst and investment is needed. I hate it when my fellow Newcastle fans get all defensive when a pundit says something that isn’t gushing or complimentary. Get over it and stop acting like victims.

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  5. He is entitled to his opinion and I hope he is wrong in every way but we need to get are heads out or arses and get to grips with reality we will drop down the league when we play a few good teams but the spirit among the team will keep them around the top half who gives a toss wa the pundits say as long as us fans keep the faith in are team let’s prove all the knob heads wrong nufc is 4ever in are blood no matter wa league we are playing in that’s why the whole country’s jealous of are supporter’s

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  6. Had to smile at BBC M o D2 yesterday. Commenting on the PL table the presenter said. It’s City, United and Chelsea 1,2 &3whilst Arsenal are still mid table.!!!! Seemed 4th counts for nothing.

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