Ex-Newcastle star sends out warning to Magpies current squad

Peter Lovenkrands doesn't think Newcastle United are sure to be safe just yet.

Former Newcastle United man Peter Lovenkrands has issued a relegation warning to the Magpies' current squad in the Chronicle.

Lovenkrands believes that Newcastle's season is far from over and that John Carver's men need to ensure that they don't switch off.

The North East outfit are currently on 35 points and Lovenkrands has suggested that they need to win two of their remaining nine games to keep themselves in the Premier League

"If you suddenly get in a rut you can find yourselves looking over the shoulder again," he said.

"That’s not what anybody wants. You can’t say: ‘That’s it, season done - we’ve got enough points’ when you only have 35 points. Newcastle still need to get at least 40 points to make sure they are safe.

"It’s just a shame they were looking at the top 10 and now they are looking at the bottom end. I think they will be safe, don’t get me wrong, it is just very frustrating to watch."

Newcastle's squad's attitude has come into question ever since the departure of Alan Pardew, with the team seemingly not putting in the work required to get results in the Premier League.

Heavy defeats against Manchester City and Everton, most recently, have been very revealing about the current mentality of the Magpies team and it will be hard for them to break out of their slump now.

Although relegation remains unlikely, a number of teams at the bottom of the table are improving and Lovenkrads is right to suggest that Newcastle need to raise their standards to make sure they stay up.

This weekend Carver's side take on Arsenal and only a much improved performance will see them take three points against one of the Premier League's Champions League chasers. 

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