By Russell Edge
Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has said that Newcastle United will be looking to secure European football in the next two years.
The Magpies are only recently promoted after securing promotion via the Championship title after suffering relegation back in the 2015/16 season, but have made a bright start to life back in the top flight.
Rafael Benitez has guided his side to ninth place in the table after 10 games, but will be disappointed to not be higher up after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday evening.
That saw the north east side leapfrogged by Sean Dyche’s side and means that the Magpies have picked up just one win in their away games this season.
However Carragher believes that the aim of the club will be to be pushing for a top six spot and European qualification in the next two years, but insists that Benitez must be backed in the transfer market if they are to have any hope of achieving such aspirations.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (30/10, 19:00) he boldly claimed: “They are a huge club, their fanbase and their past in the Premier League, so eventually in 18 months to two years, they will want to be challenging for European places.
“They won’t get there unless the owner puts his money in his pocket in January or this takeover happens and they give him some funds.
“Until he gets better quality players at the top end of the pitch, then they can push on and start scoring two, three, four goals in games.”
Newcastle last qualified for Europe in the 2011/12 season, joining the Europa League thanks to a fifth placed finish in the Premier League.
They managed to reach the quarter final stage only to be beaten over two legs by Portuguese giants Benfica, who reached the final only to be beaten by Chelsea.
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