Former Arsenal star and current Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry has said he doubts whether Newcastle United can progress from their current 10th place despite giving the Magpies a rave review.
The Magpies have been one of the in-form sides in the Premier League in recent months, with Monday night’s defeat at the hands of Everton only their third defeat since the turn of 2018, a result which ended a four game winning streak for Rafael Benitez and his men.
Having been tipped for relegation from the first day of the season, after a disappointing summer transfer window, Henry says where the club find themselves now is “amazing”, but questions whether they will be able to push on from their position next season.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game at Goodison Park (24/04, 19:00), he said: “How far can they go? I think this is already amazing but how far can they go next year?
“Can they realistically get into the top six? I would say now on the record, no. I think what Newcastle has done is amazing.
“They will go down in history if they do it (finish top half). A promoted team coming back but at the end of the day they have reached their target. Anything now is a plus.”
Football Insider verdict
Any fans, whether of Newcastle or otherwise, are being ridiculous if they are suggesting the Magpies could break into the top six any time soon – at least under current owner Mike Ashley. Rafa Benitez has worked his magic this season, taking many of the players who scraped the Championship title last year and turning them into a top half Premier League side, and Henry is right to question whether they can go much further under the current ownership. Increased investment would change that, but that is not forthcoming under Ashley. For now, applause needs to go to Benitez for the job he has done this season.
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