‘It’s Newcastle’s to lose’: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink backs Eddie Howe’s side to secure a top four finish as he claims that Liverpool and Chelsea are both ‘in transition’
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink feels Newcastle will be able to finish in the top four
- Eddie Howe’s side have gone 15 league games unbeaten and are currently third
- Kieron Dyer also believes Newcastle can qualify for the Champions League
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has claimed that a top four finish is Newcastle’s to lose.
Eddie Howe’s side have been incredibly resilient in defence this season, and have gone 15 games unbeaten in the Premier League following their goalless draw against Crystal Palace.
Newcastle are currently in third place and Hasselbaink is confident that they can secure Champions League qualification, especially with Liverpool and Chelsea both struggling for consistency.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Newcastle are capable of securing a top four finish
Speaking on Sky Sports, Hasselbaink said: It’s Newcastle’s to lose. Chelsea are in a transition. Liverpool can go ten games unbeaten. Liverpool have a bigger chance than Chelsea but if they can keep on getting clean sheets they will win matches. It’s there to lose with Newcastle.’
Former Newcastle player Kieron Dyer believes that Eddie Howe’s side will finish in the top four.
Hasselbaink stated that a place in the Premier League’s top four is Newcastle’s to lose
Dyer described Tottenham as ‘hit and miss’ and stated that there is a hugely positive feeling around Newcastle at present.
Dyer said: ‘Going for Champions League football, semi-final of a cup. I went up there for the Chelsea game, and it was like the days of Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan. The fans have got a club they can love again.
‘I’m confident (of top four). Tottenham are too hit and miss and Liverpool and Chelsea are in transition. It’s all in Newcastle’s hands.’
Newcastle are incredibly difficult to play against, with Howe’s side defending diligently.
It was evident against Palace, however, that they do need to be more clinical in front of goal at times.
Newcastle’s next two games are in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup as they take on Southampton.
They will return to league action early next month with a home fixture against West Ham.
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