Loads of Newcastle supporters have been responding on Reddit to one supporter, who raised the question: ‘What are your honest expectations for the season?’
Taking into account the departures of Rafa Benitez, Ayoze Perez, and potentially Sean Longstaff, United will be facing an uphill struggle next season regardless of who replaces Benitez in the dugout.
We also need Mike Ashley to put his hand in his pocket over the next month to replace the likes of Perez and Salomon Rondon, as the duo were our top goalscorers in the Premier League last season as the only men to hit double figures, with centre-backs Fabian Schar and Ciaran Clark our third and fourth-best ‘scorers on four and three goals each.
Even combining the efforts of Joselu (2), Matt Ritchie (2), Christian Atsu (1), DeAndre Yedlin (1), Isaac Hayden (1), Jonjo Shelvey (1), Kenedy (1), Longstaff (1) and Yoshinori Muto (1) – the other men to find the back of the net last season – fails to meet the tally penned by Perez (12) alone.
Toon fan u/TyneSkipper suspects United will still be able to accomplish a better points-haul in the top-flight than Derby County and Sunderland achieved as they were relegated from the Premier League, even though he expects the Magpies to finish rock bottom of the pack in 2019/20 and record our worst defeat in top-flight history.
The supporter who raised the question of what fans expect from the term ahead also anticipates a mostly full St James’ Park when we welcome Arsenal to Tyneside in the curtain raiser next month, despite the ongoing talk among fans of a boycott.
If there are not any held ahead of the visit of the Gunners, there may be in January if u/TyneSkipper’s prediction comes true, as they expect Ashley to sell rather than buy in the winter, and offload the remaining key men on the club’s books like Miguel Almiron.
Here’s what these Newcastle supporters had to say in reply…