By Danny Wright

19th May, 2017 | 9:57pm

BBC pundit makes surprising claim about Newcastle return to PL, blames fans

By Danny Wright

Danny Murphy claims that it would not surprise him if Newcastle fail to finish above Brighton in the Premier League next season.

The Magpies beat Chris Hughton’s side to the Championship title on the final day of the season and are expected to spend a lot of money over the summer.

However that hasn’t stopped Murphy from making a surprising claim while on BBC Sport 5 Live on Friday, which will no doubt irk the Toon Army.

The BBC pundit, who features regularly on Match of the Day, thinks that the expectancy level from the Newcastle supporters could mean that they are forced to attack against teams with a better knowledge of the top-tier and in turn open themselves up to the counter attack.

The St. James’ Park crowd is known for it’s very high expectations and that could be their downfall next season, according to Murphy.

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“If you look at their squad, they’ve got some good players and they’re going to get better, but there’s not that much experience there of Premier League football,” said the 40-year-old in a video on BBC 5 Live Sport’s official Twitter page.

“If anything, it wouldn’t surprise me if Brighton finished above Newcastle.

“Newcastle turn up at home in the Premier League next season against anybody, maybe apart from the big three or four, they’re expected to have a go and win and attack.

“You do that at home against good counter attack sides who know what they’re doing and are well coached, you’re going to get picked off”

Owner Mike Ashley has already offered his full financial backing to Rafa Benitez as he aims to steer well away from a third Premier League relegation during his tenure of the North-East club.

The Magpies will be the only representatives of the geographical area in the top-tier next season due to the relegations of Hull, Middlesbrough and bitter rivals Sunderland.

In other Newcastle news, a Sky Sports commentator has predicted how the Magpies will fare in their return to the big time.

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