Martin Keown thinks that Newcastle are still a ‘work in progress’ but the signings of Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend have given them a chance of staying up.
The former Arsenal player thinks United can survive if ‘they find some consistency’, something in short supply this season after the odd decent performance and result.
Newcastle have shown maybe the beginnings of some consistent form at home, with wins over West Brom and West Ham as well as a draw with Manchester United since the turn of the year.
However, away from home has been a different matter and as Martin Keown points out. it is a tough game on Saturday.
Despite this, the player turned pundit thinks Newcastle can travel with ‘some confidence’ due to the number of games Chelsea have drawn at home, having said that – as well as five draws at home, Chelsea have also lost four at Stamford Bridge.
So with only four home wins for the blues, surely it is time to attack for Newcastle?
Martin Keown speaking to The Mail:
“I think they have had as good a transfer window as anybody with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend coming in.
“They looked better against West Brom and it could be a bit of a turning point. They are out of the bottom three, which is a real tonic at this time of year.
“They have got a tough game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but with the games Chelsea have drawn, Newcastle can go there with at least some confidence.
“There are signs of a bit of swagger returning and it feels like this is more Steve McClaren’s team. When you sign players and see an instant response, it gives you a lift.
“Also the teams around them are struggling. Life is looking difficult for Sunderland and Norwich while Aston Villa are surely just playing for pride now. Leicester escaped from a similar situation last season but they are showing they are no ordinary team. You could argue they were in a false position last year given what they’ve gone on to achieve.
“So it’s still a work in progress at Newcastle but if they find some consistency I can see them getting out of trouble.”