Siem De Jong: Newcastle must win this many games to survive

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De Jong believes Newcastle only have to win one game to secure survival.

Speaking to the Chronicle, De Jong has expressed his belief that Newcastle only have to win one more game if they are to secure their Premier League survival this season.

The Dutch playmaker said: “We need to win at least one of the coming games, it’s different for me, but I will try to help the team as much as I can in the coming weeks.”

Newcastle came close to ending their dreadful run of form at the weekend, with De Jong getting on the scoresheet for the first time as Newcastle player, but they could only register a 3-2 loss at home to Swansea City.

The result meant John Carver has overseen seven consecutive losses as Magpies boss, the first time that has happened since 1977, and has brought the club even closer to a potential relegation.

The Tyneside giants are now just five points clear of the final relegation place - being occupied by Sunderland at the moment - but the Magpies look odds on for the drop with their dreadful run of form.

De Jong is targeting one win, which would leave the club with 38 points, which one would expect should be enough to keep them in the Premier League. However, on current form, it is worrying when trying to work out where that victory will come from.

With four games left, the Magpies face a revitalised Leicester, West Brom, QPR and West Ham. Of those games, only West Ham are in a similar run of poor form to Newcastle, but it is still hard to see Sam Allardyce’s men dropping points.

Newcastle may still avoid the drop, and they could do so without winning another game, and that is surely the most probable outcome. Their form is shocking, but thankfully there are three clubs worse than them in the top flight, and that might just be enough to keep them up.

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