Robbie Savage has once again slammed Newcastle United, claiming he "fears" for the Magpies and predicting they will "struggle" in the Premier League this season. As well as rightly assessing that the Magpies were "poor" under John Carver towards the latter half of the 2014-15 campaign, Savage also believes the fact Steve McClaren could not get Derby County promoted will affect the Magpies. The BBC and BT Sport pundit says Derby "should be in the Premier League", and basically implies that McClaren failed with his task at hand at the iPro Stadium last summer. Ex-Manchester United, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Savage - who seems to have a habit of taking a dig at Newcastle whenever he can - told Breathe Sport this week:
"They (Newcastle) have made three signings (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba) and spent £50 million - but I fear for Newcastle. "Steve McClaren is a good coach, but Derby should be in the Premier League. They were in control (in the Championship last season), and finish(ed) in eighth. "Newcastle had a poor season last year - they are a big club, with big expectations, and could struggle."Back in May, Savage also slammed Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini in The Mirror - stating that Newcastle "need fighters not writers" after the Argentine's open letter to supporters. Even though Savage's views bore some weight at the time, the fact he seems to like to have a dig at Newcastle supporters has not gone unnoticed by the Toon faithful. For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow WhatCulture.com/NUFC on Twitter and Facebook.