Micah Richards has predicted that Newcastle Untied will narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
The Magpies are 17th-placed in the league standings right now and are beginning to nervously look over their shoulders.
Steve Bruce’s side currently have 25 points, while 18th-placed Fulham are six points adrift of them but they are starting to deliver some really impressive performances.
There has been an upturn in results recently at St James’ Park since a switch to a more offensive style of play, but they are being dragged into a relegation scrap
Pundit Richards has backed Newcastle to do just enough to stay in the top flight, naming Callum Wilson as a key reason why they won’t be playing Championship football next year.
The 28-year-old forward has been the main source of goals for his side this season, albeit he’s currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
“It’s the Callum Wilson thing… but I’m going to agree with you, Christopher. Newcastle to stay up. Just,” Richards told the Daily Mail.
Newcastle will still feel they are in a decent position to avoid relegation trouble this season, depending on the extent of Wilson’s injury.
The English centre-forward has scored 10 goals and supplied five assists already this season in the league, making him one of the club’s best signings in the last few years.
Bruce’s team really miss him as a focal point when he doesn’t play, but it’s up to the likes of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to really step up in his absence.