Lianne Sanderson believes that Newcastle United could make it in the Champions League after impressing this term.
The Magpies came into this season with hopes of gatecrashing the Premier League’s top six after a strong summer in the transfer market, but even by their own standards few would have expected them to be where they are currently.
After losing just one of their opening 12 fixtures, Eddie Howe’s side are sitting in fourth spot in the table which puts them firmly on track to qualify for the Champions League if they can sustain this form over the rest of the campaign, starting against Aston Villa in Saturday’s clash that is exclusively live on talkSPORT 2.
Speaking on Kick Off, Sanderson said: “The players that they have brought in have been amazing.
“Trippier has been brilliant. The back line last week against Tottenham with Botman and Schar, Guimarares, they’re unbelievable.
“I feel like with that squad that they have they don’t really have the right to be in the top four yet.
“But with the amazing job that Eddie Howe is doing and the way that the players are playing for him, I feel like they could already make it in the Champions League with the players that they have.”
Howe is closing in on a year in charge of the Magpies in November and insists that while Newcastle are flying high, their upward trajectory is just getting started.
“Time flies. It’s incredible to think as the months have ticked by that it’s nearly led to a year for me here. We have enjoyed it, but it’s gone so quickly.
“I do feel there’s an element of just starting with the team and we have got so much more to achieve and do but, probably, if I’m sat here in another year’s time, I’ll be saying exactly the same thing.”