Many people expected Newcastle to return to the Premier League this season and really splash the cash. Many spoke about potential mid-table finishes for them and I included thought they would do well.
However, so far they look short on players and it is pretty obvious to see that they have missed out on a lot of the targets they were hoping to sign. Going forward is one area they are struggling, they haven’t scored a goal yet and it is something I expect them to address before the transfer window closes next week.
West Ham started off with a very disappointing 4-0 loss away to Manchester United, although played much better in their 3-2 loss at Southampton. Despite two losses in a row, at least they have shown something to us and with the new players still settling in, we will see them get better with time.
One player who really impressed me last week for West Ham was Javier Hernandez, he scored twice despite West Ham being down to 10 men and looks sure to provide them with goals this season. Seeing him score 20+ goals would no surprise me, especially if West Ham manage to bring in another player or two like they are trying to do.
With the potential for a few new faces to arrive in Newcastle this week, I am expecting to see their struggles continue, settling players in during September is tough, but something they will have to do.
They have started poorly, and I think that will continue in this one, I think West Ham have enough about them to go up to Newcastle and beat them on Saturday, putting even more pressure on The Magpies to go out and spend some money next week.
Newcastle are not in an ideal situation right now, and I think West Ham are going to make it worse this weekend.
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