Former Newcastle striker Luuk de Jong has told the BBC World Service, as quoted by The Chronicle, that he thinks the Magpies can stay up this season.
De Jong, 25, has hit an impressive 48 goals in 74 games for PSV Eindhoven since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2014 - and he has now proven his worth after a torrid spell with Newcastle.
The Dutch hitman joined Newcastle on loan in January 2014, but failed to score even once during his time on Tyneside, with his loan unsurprisingly not leading to a permanent move.
Since then, his brother Siem de Jong has moved on to Newcastle, and he has seen the Magpies struggle in consecutive seasons.
After surviving on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win over West Ham, Newcastle have again been battling the drop this term, and currently lie just one point clear of relegation as they prepare for this evening's clash with Chelsea.
Now, De Jong has been looking at the fortunes of his former club, and has told the BBC World Service, as quoted by The Chronicle, that he thinks Newcastle do have enough to avoid relegation again, and wants to see friends Georginio Wijnaldum and Tim Krul - as well as his brother Siem - enjoy success at St. James' Park.
"Yeah I think they can (avoid relegation) because they have so much quality in the team and they showed also against big teams also that they can win," said De Jong. "So they just need to get in that flow that they also get the wins against the smaller teams or the other games."
"I really hope that they can stay in the league and don’t get relegated, because of my brother who plays there and the other guys who I have good connections with, like Georginio Wijnaldum. Tim Krul is also a good friend of mine so yeah hopefully he’ll be fit again soon and can help the team too. It’s tough times but I think they have the quality to stay up," he added.
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