Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has written in The Daily Mail that Newcastle United can survive the drop from the Premier League.
Newcastle have lost eight league games in a row and find themselves just two points above the relegation zone at the moment.
Redknapp has sympathy for the situation that Newcastle head coach John Carver is in at the moment, and he believes that the Magpies can escape the drop if they win against the Hammers at St. James’ Park on the final day of the season.
“I feel for John Carver,” the 41-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail. “Things must be desperate when you feel your own players are getting deliberately sent off. But they desperately need something to happen…
“They need to get going but I can only really see one game that can save them — West Ham at home on the last day of the season.
“And with Newcastle old boys like Sam Allardyce and Kevin Nolan coming to visit, that will be easier said than done. It might just define their season.”
West Ham have virtually nothing to play for between now and the end of the season, but they will certainly want to finish the 2014-15 campaign on a high.
However, in order to avoid the situation in which the Magpies would have to pick up all three points against the Hammers to survive, they have to beat West Brom on Saturday.
It will not be easy, of course, but if the Newcastle fans give their full support to the team, then they will have a good chance of winning against the Baggies.
Newcastle do have some good players, but they have to step up and give their all in the final weeks of the season.