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Will Newcastle United be relegated to the Championship this season?

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Will Newcastle United be relegated to the Championship this season?

Newcastle United are one of the Premier League's greatest clubs. Although they have struggled to compete for major silverware in recent times, the Magpies continue to attract supporters to St James' Park on a weekly basis and try their utmost to entertain their ardent followers. Under Steve McClaren, Newcastle have shown glimpses of quality but have failed to build any consistent momentum as they look to avoid a relegation battle for the second successive season. At the time of writing, Newcastle are currently 17th in the table - just two points above Bournemouth who occupy the third and final relegation spot.

If history has shown us anything, it's that the Championship is one of the hardest leagues to win immediately after suffering relegation. While Newcastle managed to earn promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking in the 2009-10 campaign, others have failed. Just look at Leeds United and Wigan Athletic, both clubs have endured difficult spells in recent years and are still not quite stable. This season, Hull City have a chance of emulating Newcastle's feat and at the time of writing are priced at  8/11 in Bet365's Championship betting markets. If the Magpies were to go down, it's definitely not a foregone conclusion that they would earn an immediate promotion back to the top flight.

Newcastle have a number of talented stars and, if truth be told, they shouldn't really be involved in a relegation fight at all. The likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko are all incredibly gifted prospects and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see all three players contribute heavily as the business end of the season approaches.  Wijnaldum is perhaps their standout player  and the Magpies paid an estimated £14.5 million for the former PSV Eindhoven captain. Early indications suggest that the Dutchman is certainly worth that fee but he will need to step up and be counted as each match becomes more important towards the end of the campaign.

Their main problem is inconsistency. One week, the Magpies go out and earn a 6-2 victory over Norwich or a clean sheet away at Old Trafford. The following week, they have fallen 3-0 to West Ham United or lost at home to Swansea City. If  Newcastle can simply improve their consistency, they will easily stay up this season - they simply have too much quality to go down. McClaren must nurture his players and will be keen to avoid any mass burnouts. If their flair players pick up major, long-term injuries, they will have to scrap for survival. It's may be all ifs and buts, but unfortunately that's how it is for Newcastle United right now.

McClaren will be keen to invest in the January transfer window and a couple of incomings would certainly help to freshen things up at the club. They aren't in dire need of transfers but it's always a good idea to keep players on their toes with healthy competition for places in the team. With a bit of luck and one or two signings, Newcastle could climb up the table and may even target a top half finish this season - which shows just how much they are currently underachieving.

 

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