Michael Owen has explained on BT Sport why Newcastle United should consider themselves “lucky” at the moment.
Newcastle are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 35 points from 33 matches, just seven points above the relegation zone.
John Carver’s side have lost their last six league games, but former Manchester United and Liverpool star Owen believes that they should feel “lucky”.
"If there were eight or 10 games left, I’d be thinking, 'Newcastle could be going down here’,” the former Newcastle striker said on BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday.
"I can't see how they are going to get a point at the moment. They are playing so badly at the moment, they have got such a small squad and so many injuries, and there’s such a bad feeling about the place at the moment.
“I think that they might be lucky that there's only six games left. They might just hang on because of that. If there were 10 games left, I would be really worried.”
Some would claim that Newcastle are ‘too good to go down’, but their recent form is the worst in the Premier League.
Although Owen does have a point about the Magpies struggling to pick up a point in their final five Premier League games, matches against Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers - both away - are winnable.
The main positive for the Magpies in their fight to avoid the drop to the Championship is that there are a number of teams who are worse than them.
The likes of Burnley, Sunderland and Hull City are all in serious danger and are below Newcastle in the league table.