Former England striker and current BBC pundit Alan Shearer is expecting a difficult ride for his former club Newcastle United following their opening two games of the season.
Rafael Benitez guided his team to promotion from the Championship in fine fashion, as they ended up winning the title in May.
Tackling the top flight is a very different beast to the second tier, and it is proving difficult for the Magpies at the moment as they have lost their first two matches.
Most would have expected Newcastle to be on the losing end when they took on Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park on the opening weekend, and they were right, as the team suffered a 2-0 defeat.
However, Benitez’s men had the chance to get off the mark on Sunday when they faced fellow promoted side Huddersfield Town on away turf.
It took 50 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, but it did not go the way that Newcastle had hoped as Aaron Mooy struck for Huddersfield.
The visiting side were unable to get back into the match, and had to settle for a defeat, which has left them 17th in the league table.
Shearer, who spent 10 years of his career playing for Newcastle, does not expect life to get easier for his beloved club.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) August 20, 2017