Andy Hinchcliffe discusses Newcastle's signings, claims McClaren has 'recipe for relegation'

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Andy Hinchcliffe believes Newcastle's defence is their biggest problem.

Pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has told Sky Sports that he thinks Newcastle made good signings going forward - but their defensive woes are a 'recipe for relegation'.

The Magpies were beaten yet again on Wednesday night, as Everton coasted to a 3-0 victory over Steve McClaren's men at Goodison Park.

A goal from Aaron Lennon set Everton on their way, and after the Toffees hit the woodwork three times, Ross Barkley found the net with two late penalties to seal the win.

The result means Newcastle remain two points adrift of safety, even though January signings such Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend all started the game at Goodison Park.

Newcastle's January spending was seen as a way for them to get themselves out of trouble at the bottom of the Premier League, but that plan hasn't got off to the best of starts after the defeat to Everton.

Now, former Everton defender Andy Hinchcliffe, who covered the game for Sky Sports, says that he thinks midfielder Shelvey and winger Townsend will give Newcastle a major lift going forward.

However, he also believes that Newcastle's defensive problems are a 'recipe for relegation', as he thinks the Magpies will have to score three goals a game to pick up wins.

"The likes of Shelvey and Townsend are solid players and they will give the team something going forwards," said Hinchcliffe. "But defensively you worry about Newcastle. They're probably going to have to score three every game to get something and that's a recipe for relegation," he added.

McClaren now faces a real defensive crisis, as Chancel Mbemba limped off through injury at Everton, whilst his replacement Jamaal Lascelles was sent off and will now serve a suspension.

With Steven Taylor working his way back to fitness and Mike Williamson sold to Wolves, it's unclear who McClaren will turn to in the centre of his defence - and Hinchcliffe may well be right with his assertion about Newcastle, suggesting that they maybe should have put more money into a defensive signing in January.

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