Pundit dismisses Newcastle United claims - 'Howe won't let them'
Newcastle United will not be “on the beach” when they face Burnley in their final Premier League game of the season.
That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the top-flight relegation battle.
Newcastle face Burnley on Sunday (22 May) with the home side knowing a win would be enough to secure Premier League safety.
The Clarets have the same number of points as Leeds United, who face Brentford, but hold a far superior goal difference.
Newcastle’s Premier League status has been secured, leading to suggestions Eddie Howe’s side may not be at their best in Sunday’s game.
However, McAvennie claims several Newcastle players will be playing for their futures at Turf Moor in what will be a blow to Burnley.
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“I don’t think Newcastle will be on the beach at all, which is what some people are saying,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“They are getting ready for a big summer and I think Eddie Howe still needs to make his mind up on some of those players.
“This is the last chance these guys have to show they have what it takes to stay at the club.
“I think Burnley are in a bit of trouble because if Newcastle play as they did against Arsenal (16 May) then they will get beat.
“Unfortunately for Burnley, I still think Newcastle are playing for something, they aren’t going to roll over, Howe won’t let them.”
Newcastle could still secure a top ten finish.
They beat Arsenal 2-0 in their last outing (16 May).