Newcastle ‘building their team for the Championship’ in brutal transfer dig at Eddie Howe

Ralf Rangnick previews Newcastle United clash

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Newcastle are preparing for life in the Championship as they continue to struggle in the Premier League, Dimitar Berbatov believes. The former Manchester United striker does not think Eddie Howe’s side can climb out of the relegation zone even with the backing of their new Saudi-led ownership. 

The Magpies are expected to spend heavily in the January transfer market following the incredible £305million October takeover.  

But the reality of their situation is that they are 19th in the Premier League with just one win from their 18 matches.  

17th-placed Watford have two games in hand over Newcastle. If the Hornets win both, Howe’s men will be six points adrift of Leeds’ 16.  

It will take a huge upturn in form for Newcastle to squeeze their way out of the struggling pack.  

And Berbatov has said that the Tyneside outfit are already building a team for the second-tier despite now having the finances to potentially stay in the Premier League. 

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Previewing Newcastle’s clash with Man Utd on Monday, the ex-Tottenham star told the Metro: “Newcastle are going to be building their team for the Championship. I said it last week and I’m even more sure of it. 

“The fans will be really up for this one, they will make it tough, they also need the points desperately.  

“That being said, they are leaking goals easily and United can take advantage of that if they stay concentrated.  

“If United have an ambition for big things this season they have to win these matches.”

Newcastle boss Howe has already suffered four defeats in his opening seven matches, although two of those were against title-chasers Manchester City and Liverpool.  

His side have only scored six goals since he replaced Steve Bruce in November and half of those came in the 3-3 draw with Brentford. 

Howe has urged his attacking talents, including Allan Saint-Maximin, to build better relationships.  

“It is not aimed at Maxi, it is aimed at everyone. One of the ways that we work is that we attack with relationships,” he said. 

“The only way you build those relationships is through repetition of training, so attacking with everybody together as a team when you know what each other are going to do. It’s a huge advantage.

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“We have started that work. That work is going on every day. I have seen some good things in training. 

“We probably haven’t seen as much as we’d want in the matches, but that could possibly be down to the two teams we have faced in recent matches (Liverpool and Manchester City). 

“We have not had a lot of the ball, so we’ve been mainly counter-attacking in the games. But I’m looking forward to seeing that work come out in the future. 

“Maxi is part of that, as everyone is. You can’t attack as individuals. It is not as effective as when you attack together.”
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