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Exclusive: Dean Windass rates Newcastle’s survival chances

In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Dean Windass said he believes Steve Bruce will keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

Following a run of just two wins in their previous 16 Premier League matches, the Magpies have slipped to within one point of the bottom-three and are in serious danger of being relegated.

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And Newcastle’s chances of avoiding the drop have seemingly decreased in recent weeks with a number of their key players currently out injured.

Top goalscorer Callum Wilson suffered a hamstring problem against Southampton last month and is facing another two to four weeks on the sidelines, whilst wingers Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have both been ruled out until April following knee and groin injuries sustained against Wolves on Saturday night.

But despite their injury worries and current league position, Windass believes that Bruce will do enough to get Newcastle over the line.

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He exclusively told Football FanCast:

“I feared for them when them three were fit. Callum Wilson has come in as a big money signing as a number nine and big boots to fill in the sense of, I know it’s a few years now, but anybody that stands upfront is going to get compared to Alan Shearer.

“Almiron has been in and out. I know Steve Bruce really well, and his standards are so high, but he just doesn’t have the players for the size of that football club are good enough. It’s a blessing sometimes that the supporters aren’t there this season because they’d get absolutely hammered, and there would be even more pressure on the players.

“I think he will keep them up, I know he’s got three injuries, Saint-Maximin is a massive loss to them, he’s a good player, he’s the one whose got the crack. I think the club needs a revamp, from Mike Ashley right through.”

It promises to be an anxious few months at St James’ Park.

With Fulham now breathing down their neck, Newcastle’s upcoming games against, Aston Villa and Brighton could do some way to deciding whether the Geordies are still a Premier League club next season.

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