Jordan claims Newcastle ‘will take two or three years to deliver potential’, makes Man City comparison

Lewis Oldham
Jordan speaks on Newcastle

Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan thinks it will take Newcastle United another two or three years before they “deliver their potential”.

Newcastle’s Saudi-led takeover was completed last year. They spent around £90m on new players during the January transfer window in an attempt to ease their relegation fears.

Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood were among their singings.

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Eddie Howe’s side enjoyed a brilliant end to the 2021/22 campaign. They ended up eleventh in the Premier League on 49 points.

The Magpies have also been busy this summer. They have spent just short of £60m in total to bring in Sven Botman, Nick Pope and Matt Targett on permanent deals.

It is also being reported that they are prepared to make a club-record bid for Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak.

Jordan is of the belief that Newcastle have a lot to do to break into the Premier League’s top six:

“I think Newcastle will take two or three years to start to deliver their potential and what that potential will look like is difficult to say,” Jordan told talkSPORT (via Chronicle Live).

“If there’s an argument – they’re going to have to go some, they’re really going to have to go some to get to the standards – when Man City started the engines in 2008, look at the difference in the competition that’s now rivalling Man City and how Man City have gone on.

“There’s a hell of a difference between Man City in 2008 and buying Robinho and Manchester City in 2022.

“Look at Liverpool’s evolution, Tottenham I think are going to be a threat and Chelsea I think will always be a threat. Man United are going to wake up out of their slumber and eventually get themselves going.

“Newcastle add a real intrigue to the conversation because of all the bad press that’s gone with them previously about Mike Ashley’s ownership and the expectation of that particular fanbase and the opportunity with this ownership model.

“But, I still think they’ve got some really, really hard yards before they get anywhere near the top six.”