Daryl Janmaat does not believe Newcastle are in a relegation fight.
When asked if Newcastle are in another relegation battle, after their struggles last season, Janmaat said: “It is too early to say.”
The Magpies avoided relegation to the Championship on the last day of last season, and were expected to build upon that campaign with a much better season this time round.
They spent heavily in the transfer market to improve their chances of staying away from the bottom three this year, but so far, Steve McLaren’s men have picked up just one victory - and six points - from 10 games.
With a gap starting to build between the bottom clubs and those in the upper reaches of the table, for all intents and purpose, Newcastle are now in a relegation battle, despite Janmaat’s insistence that they are not.
They have little hope of picking up points against the bigger sides, and any results need to come against their rivals sides in the bottom five or six places.
The likes of Aston Villa, Bournemouth, and Norwich are the important opponents to defeat, as well as Sunderland. However, Newcastle could not defeat the Black Cats at the weekend, falling to a 3-0 loss to a team who had not won a single game up to this point of the campaign.
Newcastle are in a relegation battle, and so far, are doing nothing to show that they have the fight or ability to get out of it by the end of the campaign.
The Magpies are lacking in quality, and McClaren looks devoid of ideas as to how he can keep his side in the Premier League. They have only defeated Norwich this season, and the Tyneside outfit need to ensure their form improves against their rival relegation candidates if the Magpies are to have any chance of staying in the top flight.