Arsenal legend Thierry Henry suggested on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning (February 12) that midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko will be key for Newcastle United in their fight for survival.
Newcastle are just a point above the Premier League relegation zone at the moment and are in real danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Former Arsenal striker Henry is not sure if the Magpies will retain their top-flight status for next season.
The Frenchman, though, believes that Wijnaldum and Sissoko will be important for Steve McClaren’s side.
“I actually don’t know,” Henry said on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning (February 12). “They are in a situation where they don’t want to be.
“I genuinely thought they would be higher than where they are at the moment. They wanted to buy players who would help them straight away.
“That is the problem that you have in general, do they have time to adapt to the league? I don’t know. What I am sure about is that they have to keep Wijnaldum fit. That I am positive of, and Sissoko.”
Wijnaldum joined Newcastle in the summer of 2015 and has been arguably the best player for the Magpies so far this campaign.
The 25-year-old Netherlands international midfielder has scored nine goals and created 34 chances in 25 Premier League appearances this season.
Sissoko has created 45 chances in 24 league matches for Newcastle so far this term.