Charlie Nicholas verdict on Newcastle’s survival chances
Charlie Nicholas has been examining the chances of those clubs fighting the drop this season.
With 16 games remaining, the Sky Sports pundit has chosen his three clubs to go down and maybe surprisingly there are two clubs missing from his list.
Charlie Nicholas thinks that it will be Norwich and Swansea who will drop into the bottom three and save both Newcastle and Sunderland, joining Villa in a fall into the Championship.
The former Arsenal striker points to the disruption caused by Swansea appointing a new manager after they just beat Watford on Monday, whilst with Norwich,he sees their lack of a decent striker as the biggest handicap.
Despite predicting Newcastle will stay up, Charlie Nicholas thinks it will be still a struggle for the Magpies unless they strengthen the defence in the coming week.
Nicholas saying that the defence is far more of a priority than attack, something which most Newcastle fans would undoubtedly agree with.
Only QPR had a worse defence than Newcastle last season and this time, only Sunderland have conceded more than NUFC’s total of 39.
Charlie Nicholas speaking to Sky Sports:
“Villa are probably gone and I still think Swansea are going to struggle, with what looks a very risky appointment in (new manager) Guidolin.
It’s not ideal timing, having got back to winning ways under Alan Curtis’ guidance.
“Norwich are my other side as they still need a real goalscorer. Steven Naismith is a good signing but he is more about work rate and effort than being really prolific.
“However, I do think that if Newcastle fail to get anybody in at the back then they can still struggle…
“I know they have been linked with another striker but it is a quality defender that they need to be safe.”
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