The Premier league is a marathon, I've seen plenty of teams be in third after a good start and end up mid table. I think Newcastle will have a very good season but I don't think they will be in the top 4. I also think we will eventually finish above them, Ten Hag has only been here a few months, howie took a few months to get Newcastle going and then was allowed to buy a few that fitted in his system. He had already implemented his philosophy. Ten Hag job was always up hill despite his new signings. The core players had literally forgotten how to play football, had no confidence, didn't want to work hard and most of them are still here. We need 2 signings in Jan, 2 Hag players. Ronaldo exiting will also be important, ive been a massive fan of him and i previously wanted him to stay. One thing I think I am seeing these days is he has a negative impact on the way we play visually and psychologically. I think Hag has done a great job so far, it's easy to say why this and that but our base was so bad, he has to engineer everything again. Newcastle will be a top club one day but I don't think they have the quality or squad depth just yet to sustain over 38 games. Everything is an assumption though, only May will tell us but I wouldn't write us off this quick.