Wagner: This is where Newcastle will finish this season
By Dominic Toner
Huddersfield manager David Wagner believes that Newcastle can recover from a poor start to win the Championship.
Newcastle suffered a second defeat of the season to Huddersfield on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 at St James’ Park.
This follows an opening day defeat to Fulham which leaves them without a point at this early stage of the season, but Wagner is convinced that Newcastle can still win the Championship title.
“They have a lot of expectation and one of the best managers in the world,” Wagner told the Chronicle. “They need time to find that harmony, so there’s no reason that they can’t be the best team in this division.
“Their business isn’t done in this window I think. They’re still at the beginning, while we’re a few steps further than Newcastle after doing our business four weeks ago.”
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Summer signing Dwight Gayle grabbed his first competitive goal in a Newcastle shirt but it was all in vein as Huddersfield’s Jack Payne scored a late winner to maintain Newcastle’s losing start to the season.
Most bookmakers installed Newcastle as firm favourites to secure promotion back to the Premier League before the season began but Rafa Benitez has endured a difficult start.
Newcastle have outspent all of their Championship rivals in this transfer window by recruiting a host of Premier League players, with pair Gayle and Matt Ritchie costing a combined £22million.
Wagner believes that Benitez will continue to do business in the window and Sky Sports report that the Magpies may be interested in signing Sheffield Wednesday playmaker Fernando Forestieri.
Newcastle will have the opportunity to pick up their first points of the season against Reading on Wednesday, who have picked up a victory and a defeat in their opening two games.
In other Newcastle team news, the club’s supporters have predicted an early Benitez exit on Twitter.