By Danny Wright
Wolves boss Paul Lambert believes that Newcastle’s imminent return to the Premier League is almost inevitable because of their financial muscle.
The former Norwich and Aston Villa manager has said that it would be a shock if the Magpies were to be anywhere else in the league other than challenging for promotion.
Lambert’s comments, as reported by the Express and Star, will certainly add fuel to the fire as the two sides face off against each other on Saturday afternoon in the Championship.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has spent a staggering £57million on transfers this season.
The Spaniard has brought in star players such as Matt Ritchie for £12million and league top goal scorer Dwight Gayle for £10million, who has scored 20 goals in 22 Championship games so far this term.
“I think they’re up there on merit and I still think that they’ll get out of the league because of the finances they’ve got and the money they’ve spent,” Lambert said.
“They’ve bought an awful lot of players on big money, so you expect them to be up there.
“If Newcastle were outside the top six it would be a major surprise.”
Lambert has had a tough time since taking over at Molineux and finds his side languishing in 18th place – seven points above the relegation zone.
This despite splashing the cash themselves, first when they signed Ivan Cavaleiro from Monaco for £7million, before making Helder Costa’s loan deal a permanent one for £13million in January.
However, Lambert is looking forward to Saturday’s clash with the table-toppers and is relishing the challenge.
“If you ask me do I fear anybody? No. And I don’t think we should, because we’re playing well.”
Wolves host Newcastle at Molineux on Saturday in the 5.30pm kick-off in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras.
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