Andros Townsend may have only been at Newcastle United for just over a week, but he has still issued a warning to his new teammates in the Daily Mirror.
Townsend joined Newcastle from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, and the winger already realises the serious nature of the situation that his new side are in.
Newcastle are stuck in 18th place in the Premier League table, after being beaten 3-0 by Everton in their most recent fixture.
And Townsend said: “It is about being brave, even if you are 1-0 down to still get the ball and do the things that got you in the team. We have big characters here who have played in big matches and I am sure we have enough quality.
“If you look at next season, and the one after, I am sure there is a big future for Newcastle. We need to pull together now and find enough to stay in the league. We have come into the stage of the season where we can’t say, 'Next game, next game, next game.' It has to be now.”
Newcastle spent more money than any other Premier League club in January, bringing in Seydou Doumbia, Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet alongside Townsend.
The new recruits have bolstered Steve McClaren’s options at St. James’ Park, but there were few signs of improvements on display on Wednesday evening.
Newcastle were blown away by Everton, and rarely threatened throughout the contest at Goodison Park.
It further increases the pressure on McClaren, and only a win against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend will help to appease supporters’ growing concerns.