Former Toon Boss Has No Worries About Pardew's New Boys!

Last updated : 19 August 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Graeme Souness:  "I always thought from my time managing Newcastle that you needed big personalities in the team because there is a lot of the pressure and the crowd get frustrated having not won anything for a while.

"But these young lads showed real courage to come into the game and deal with that pressure – and if it stays like that they have a real chance because they are not without quality.

"They could be a very big football club and one that gets into the Champions League on a regular basis, but to do that you are talking about a quantum leap in transfer fees and salaries.

"That would be a hell of a financial commitment to take them from where they are now – a club that might have a decent cup run and might get in the top seven or eight – into the top four.

"City are a big scalp and possibly the biggest game of the year for a lot of Premier League players.

"So City players cannot pick and choose when they give 100 per cent and every time they set foot on the field they must realise the challenge that is coming their way.

"The bigger games take care of themselves with players trying to prove they are the best in their position in the division, but against the lesser teams they have to be bang up for it as that's when you win the title year after year.

"Liverpool played some nice football against Southampton but they missed Suarez – and I think we will be saying that a lot this season when they have lots of the ball but don't end up scoring lots of goals.

"Any team will miss a player of his quality because he nicks goals from nothing and you don't have to play well to win games – and whether it's at the start of the season, the middle of it or the end, Liverpool will feel him not being there."