Newcastle are already one of the favourites to be relegated from the Premier League this season after losing their opening two games.
Steve Bruce’s side lost 1-0 to Arsenal in their first match, before being thrashed 3-1 by newly-promoted Norwich at Carrow Road last weekend.
After a comfortable midtable finish in the Premier League last term, Newcastle lost manager Rafa Benitez and their two top goalscorers – Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon – over the summer window.
Newcastle now face Tottenham and Liverpool away in two of their next three league matches, which could leave them in a precarious situation after five games if they fail to pick up any points against Watford at home.
But, can they avoid the drop and finish outside of the bottom three this season? We have decided to take a look at four reasons why Newcastle can survive and maintain their place in the top-flight for another year…
Carroll to return
If Andy Carroll is able to return to fitness and enjoy a run of games in the side, Newcastle’s chances of survival will be boosted heavily. The English forward is a proven Premier League goalscorer and offers a genuine physical threat up top, meaning he can bring others into play and give Newcastle an outlet.
Once Allan Saint-Maximin is fully fit, the combination play between himself and Miguel Almiron should provide the midfield creativity that they have been lacking at the start of the season. Newcastle are struggling to create chances, but Saint-Maximin’s direct style of play could cause problems for opposition defenders and lead to chances for the likes of Joelinton, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll throughout the season.
Despite some dodgy showings in the opening two games, Newcastle’s defenders have proven in recent seasons that they are able to compete at this level. Once Steve Bruce works out his best formation/XI, the defence should be able to perform to the levels they were in previous campaigns.
Bruce has experience
Bruce has managed several sides in the Premier League throughout his long managerial career and knows how to avoid the drop from the top-flight. Newcastle will be hoping that his experience will prove key if the club are dragged into a relegation dogfight as the season progresses.