EDDIE Howe’s Newcastle will have to make Premier League history to survive this season.
The world’s richest club must now overcome one horror stat after their defeat at Arsenal.
Newcastle, without a win in their opening 13 matches, have just six points at the one-third stage of the campaign.
And to chill the blood of the Toon Army, SunSport has crunched the numbers and discovered NO team with fewer than seven points at this mark in the season has EVER survived.
ALL of them were doomed to the drop, with six of the eight also finishing bottom of the Prem pile.
It piles even more pressure on Howe and his strugglers as they gear up for titanic clashes against relegation rivals Norwich and Burnley this week.
Failing to pick up four points at least and it will start to look even tougher for Newcastle to drag themselves back into the scrap for survival despite the funds at their disposal for a January spending splurge.
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Howe will be given around £50million to spend, but, six points off safety, he knows how hard it will be to land signings without an immediate upturn.
Toon’s new boss dismissed talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor’s claim that ‘players don’t want to live in Newcastle….they want to be close to London’.
But he said: “I’ve heard from everyone how nice the area is to live in.
“We’ll have no problem attracting players to Newcastle for a whole host of reasons. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.
“What is an issue is our league position in attracting players in January.
“It’s very difficult to make any promises in the sense that we will definitely spend money and sign players.
“You have to attract players, they have to want to come and they have to be the right players to improve the squad.
“That is why January is an incredibly difficult window to recruit players in, especially when your league position is difficult.
“I can’t make any promises on that but I can promise that the people above me, the owners, will support the team and me in trying to achieve what we need.
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“But we can’t focus on that yet.
“We are going to have the group of players we have until January – we need to get more out of them and help them in every way we can.
“I still believe we have the players we need to get results.”