ALAN Shearer believes Newcastle United possess the quality to retain their Premier League status, despite finding themselves embroiled in a bitter battle at the bottom.
Shearer admits to concerns about United falling into relegation trouble before a January spending spree which saw them strengthen in every key area. Now he thinks they will have enough to lift themselves out of danger.
He said: “The additions made in January have made all the difference and these days I expect them to win most game they play.
“They have impressed, while I’m a huge fan of Cabaye. I think he is an excellent player.
“If they can steer clear of any more injuries, then they definitely have a chance.
“I have no worries about Newcastle being relegated. I did before they signed those players in January.
“Up until then, it was going to be a long, hard season but now the squad’s been strengthened – and not just strengthened but extra quality has been brought in – I think they will be fine now and even have a chance of being successful.”
Shearer was recently inducted into the Magpies’ hall of fame and says it was a privilege to be honoured.
He added: “Never did I think I would play so long for Newcastle. Dreams are one thing, doing it is quite another and I have lived my dream.”