Former boss and current Sky Sports pundit Alan Pardew has suggested how Newcastle United can guarantee their Premier League status so early in the season, suggesting six wins out of our next 10 would be good enough to keep us in the top flight.
After two defeats in our opening fixtures, fears of relegation were very real not so long ago, but three wins on the bounce have created a very different feel on Tyneside, propelling us into a Champions League position.
Our turnaround in form has turned a few heads, Alan Pardew included, who has had the following to say in his Daily Mail column this week:
“Momentum is such a huge thing in football.
“Newcastle United have won three on the trot now and, if they keep the run going and win, say, six out of the next 10, that’s almost good enough to keep them in the division.”
“After the transfer window shut, Rafa Benitez has obviously got his group of players together. They are going out with a good game plan and carrying out his message.”
In fairness, Pardew makes a decent point. With 9 points on the board already, we have almost a quarter of the 40 point tally that newly promoted sides so often strive to reach.
6 more wins (18 points) in our next 10 would fire us to 27 points, and whilst Pardew’s projection seems a quite ambitious, our form and fixtures to come make me think it MIGHT just be possible.
Could you see us getting 6 wins out of these next 10?
Brighton (A) – Liverpool (H) – Southampton (A) – Palace (H) – Burnley (A) – Bournemouth (H) – Man United (A) – Watford (H) – West Brom (A) – Chelsea (A).
It could be argued that 7 of those 10 are certainly winnable on current form, but there’s no gimmes in the Premier League as we all know, and it would take another incredible effort to gain 6 wins from that run.
Let us know your thoughts – how many points do you think we will rack up from those 10 games?