Jermaine Jenas believes Newcastle still have hope in their battle against relegation.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told Yahoo Sport that he thinks the Magpies still have a chance of survival - but can't believe their January signings haven't panned out.
The Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Southampton on Saturday afternoon in yet another shambolic defensive showing from Rafael Benitez's men, with the Spaniard still searching for his first win as Newcastle boss since taking the job last month.
Saturday's crushing defeat leaves Newcastle six points adrift of safety and running out of time to save themselves, with a huge game against Swansea coming up this weekend.
Elsewhere, Newcastle's two rivals in the battle to avoid the drop meet each other, as Sunderland travel to take on Norwich City at Carrow Road, meaning the Magpies must beat Swansea and hope for a good result elsewhere.
Ahead of that game, former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas - who made more than 150 appearances for the club - has told Yahoo Sport that he does think the Magpies have a chance of survival, but only because Norwich and Sunderland could go until the end of the season without winning another game.
Jenas highlighted a 'strange thing' about January, in that he thought Newcastle's signings were fantastic, but Norwich's were disappointing - but the two teams have headed in opposite directions since those deals, despite Newcastle splashing the cash on England internationals Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend.
The former midfielder then highlighted a particularly damning stat about Newcastle; in the last 18 months, they've only come from behind to win once - a stat which sums up their struggles this season.
"Newcastle aren't completely out of it, purely on the basis that the teams above them still could go the whole rest of the season without winning a game," said Jenas. "It's possible, although it's wishful thinking from the Magpies' perspective. The strange thing is that when I saw the transfer business these three teams did in the January window, I was most impressed with Newcastle's signings and least so with Norwich's. But the fact they have edged it since then is a testament to Alex Neil's quality and also to the team spirit he has managed to maintain at the club."
"They have a never-say-die attitude and they can score goals, especially at home, whereas confidence seems to drain from Newcastle and Sunderland the moment they concede. Newcastle, in particular, have only come from behind to win once in the last 18 months (against Tottenham at White Hart Lane this season, somewhat bizarrely) and that tends to tell you a lot about a team, unfortunately," he added.
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