By Dominic Toner
Chris Waddle insists that the current Newcastle squad is not good enough to compete in the Premier League.
The Magpies secured their promotion back to the top-flight on Monday night after beating Preston 4-1 and manager Rafael Benitez will surely be thinking about next season already.
They have managed to match the pre-season expectations of automatic promotion, but could miss out on the league title to leaders Brighton.
Newcastle have still been one of the outstanding players in the division, with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle looking a class above.
However, Waddle is not convinced that the current squad is ready yet to perform in the Premier League.
“This squad is not strong enough to compete in the Premier League,” Waddle said, as quoted by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Twitter account.
Newcastle could be in for a summer transfer window if Benitez shares the same views.
The board put their full faith in the experienced Spanish manager last summer and he built a squad that managed to achieve promotion from a very competitive.
The ex-Real Madrid boss will now be eyeing Premier League success at St James’ Park and their are high expectations from the club’s supporters.
Waddle believes that Newcastle need some extra additions in the summer, despite having several players that have top-flight experience.
In other Newcastle news, Alan Shearer has urged the club not to stand still after securing promotion.