Former Newcastle United hero Peter Beardsley says he does not expect the club to be involved in a relegation battle this season.
Eye-catching victories over Liverpool and Tottenham have slightly eased relegation worries and seen the Magpies climb to 15th in the Premier League.
Earlier in the season there had been suggestions that the club had lost its identity due to the influx or recruits from abroad, but Beardsley – who scored 108 goals over two spells at the club – strongly disagrees with such sentiments.
“We have Jack Colback and Paul Dummett, but to be fair to the foreign players like Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong, who I speak to regularly, Gini Wijnaldum, they are top, top people,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
“We will be all right. I never thought we’d be in trouble, I genuinely didn’t.
“To be fair to the manager, Ian Cathro, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black they are doing all the right things. It is a results business and we have to win. If we keep winning we will be fine.”
Beardsley now coaches the reserves at St James’ Park and has expressed his delight at seeing some of his players graduated to this first-team this season.
Kevin Mbabu and Ivan Toney have made their debuts for the senior side this term, while Jamie Sterry and Fred Woodman have also appeared on the bench.
“That’s our job, to get you in the first team. It is nice to win. They had a great result against Wolves and they had a nice weekend because of that,” he added.
“But it’s about producing players. When you look at players getting in the first team that’s what it is all about.
“I feel very proud that Paul Dummett is our left-back now, wearing the No 3. He came through when I was here with Willie Donachie. That’s our job.
“I was lucky when Andy Carroll came through because I was there at the academy. Things like that are what make my job a pleasure.”