Nolberto Solano has 'big worry' about former club Newcastle

The Peruvian ex-Newcastle United winger has expressed concern for the current players as they face up to a must-win game on Sunday against West Ham United.

Nolberto Solano spent nearly eight years at St James' Park and made over 250 appearances for Newcastle United, but they were generally happier times and far removed from the different kind of pressure that the current players are facing.

John Carver's Newcastle lie two points above Hull City and need a win from Sunday's final Premier League fixture against West Ham United to ensure their top-flight status for another season. While Newcastle could survive even if they lose on Sunday - as Hull City have to beat Manchester United to have any chance of catching Newcastle or Sunderland above them - three points is the very simple aim.

However, Solano has concerns that the current players are so out of the winning habit - having not secured three points in their last 10 games - that they will not be able to handle the pressure of requiring the win.

Talking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Solano said: "My big worry is that they haven’t been winning games anyway and now they have to win a game under intense pressure – especially if news filters through from Hull that they are winning."

With over 50,000 expected in St James' Park on Sunday, it will be a difficult atmosphere should Hull take a lead against Manchester United, and many fans will not be optimistic that the players have it within themselves to rise to the challenge, having lost nine of the last 10 games. 

Solano is equally nervous about the players' mentality, but has a very simple message for them: “If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for the city and the supporters who have backed you all season.”

“Newcastle shouldn’t be in this position," Solano continued “It really is down to the players to show they care. They’ve got one more chance to save this and if they can’t do it for themselves, they have to do it for the city and the fans.

“Newcastle’s fans don’t deserve to be in the Championship.”

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