Newcastle’s top flight status is coming under a very precarious position, with just seven points separating the Magpies from 18th placed Leicester City.
It is not yet written that they will be playing in the Championship next season, but on current form it is hard to deny that that possibility is looking likely.
This will probably end the careers of a number of Tyneside stars, with the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko and Tim Krul unwilling to turn out in the Championship whilst they are garnering Premier League interest.
A complete squad overhaul will arguably have to take place prior to the start of the season, and this has increased the chances of two summer signings making an impact at St James’ Park next term.
Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles were signed from Nottingham Forest at the beginning of this season, returning on loan to the club until the end of this season. The duo have performed admirably - especially Darlow - and it is expected that they will link up with Newcastle for next season.
Despite impressing in the Championship, it would have been hard for the pair to guarantee themselves first-team football for a Premier League club, and so Newcastle’s relegation could actually help them stake their claim as frequent performers.
If Krul was to leave to one of many interested clubs, Darlow would be his immediate replacement, and has already proven that he can perform to a great level in the second tier.
Lascelles, 21, is still only a peripheral figure for Forest, but has impressed since Dougie Freedman’s appointment, and he could benefit from the probable departures of Janmaat at right-back, and Fabricio Coloccini in central defence.
On current form, it is hard to say that either of the Forest duo would be worse selections than the Magpies players, and it is all but guaranteed that they would be great players for Newcastle in the Championship.
A relegation would be disastrous for a club of Newcastle’s size, and the fans do not deserve this fate put upon them by Mike Ashley, but the rise of Darlow and Lascelles could be one bright spot if Championship football had to be played next season.