Respected pundit Peter Crouch has backed Newcastle United to slip into the last relegation spot this season (Daily Mail).
The ex-England striker predicted the Magpies to be fine earlier in the campaign but has now changed his mind.
After Newcastle defeated West Ham on the opening day Crouch said that Steve Bruce had signed well and should be alright.
Now, he feels that the momentum from other teams currently below them in the league could see the club in trouble.
He told the Daily Mail: “I said when Newcastle started with a win at West Ham that they’d be fine. Now, the picture has completely changed.
“It pains me to say it because I am a fan of Bruce – I have never hidden that – but the toxicity around them, together with the crippled confidence and big injuries, is dragging them down.
“I’d argue Newcastle are better off playing behind closed doors for as long as possible, as the discontent is so apparent.
“It isn’t helpful. I love them as a club bug I’d now have them as favourites for the last relegation place.”
Is Crouch right to suggest Newcastle are in trouble?
The last couple of months have been a struggle for Newcastle and a lack of consistency is proving problematic.
It is still in their hands though and the next couple of weeks look to be massive.
Next Sunday, Newcastle face West Brom in a game which must be filed under must-win by Bruce.
The Magpies then face Aston Villa away and Brighton at home in two more games in which Newcastle could really do with avoiding defeat.
Fulham do have some momentum and they are the ones in close quarters with Newcastle in the league.
It is in the hands of the Magpies though and a couple of wins in the next couple of weeks could change the landscape once again.
Newcastle have perhaps been complacent in recent weeks and the club are now just three points clear of the relegation zone.
If that can’t shake them into action, nothing will.