Jermaine Jenas thinks that there has never been a time in Premier League history when teams are less afraid of coming to St James Park.
Newcastle have failed to score in five of their last six league home matches and have only picked up one point from the last 18 at St James Park.
Looking at the players ‘individually’, Jermaine Jenas doesn’t think they are good enough for the Premier League.
To sum it up, the former Magpies player says ‘If Newcastle remain in the Premier League, then as far as I’m concerned, it is a miracle. I really do.’
The one thing Newcastle United do have going for them, in the opinion of Jermaine Jenas, is predictably Rafa Benitez.
Jenas says that if the Spaniard wasn’t there ‘I honestly think that 100% they would go down.’
The BBC pundit obviously thinks people generally don’t realise just how weak this Newcastle squad is due to lack of investment, saying this Newcastle side ‘is not a top team, it is really not’.
On Friday, Rafa Benitez also made this clear, when he said ‘For me it is obvious, he (Mike Ashley) knows he has to improve the team, so that we have the quality which allows us to stay in Premier League. I have made it clear (to Mike Ashley) that we need some help.’
Rafa Benitez knows it, Jermaine Jenas knows it, and the Newcastle fans know it, but will Mike Ashley accept it?
Jermaine Jenas talking to Radio 5 Live:
“I don’t think there has ever been a time in the Premier League era where teams look forward to going to St James Park, more than they do now.
“You have to be realistic, this Newcastle United side is not a top team, it is really not.
“If Newcastle remain in the Premier League, then as far as I’m concerned, it is a miracle. I really do.
“When I look at them individually, I think if Benitez wasn’t there, I honestly think that 100% they would go down.
“This is the type of game where it might not help Newcastle that they have to win it…but they just have to.
“The fans, even though they endured that horrible 45 minutes against Manchester City and dealt with it, they won’t accept anything less than full steam ahead against Swansea and a result.
“Because it keeps Swansea at bay and they need the wins, they need to start churning out a few results (at St James Park).”