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Kluivert fears for old club and admits it is 'difficult to see' current plight

  /  autty

Newcastle face a tough battle to retain their Premier League status, according to their former striker Patrick Kluivert.

The Magpies are 17th in the table and sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of their Monday night clash against Wolves.

Kluivert, who played for the club in 2004/05, believes Rafa Benitez's side cannot afford to drop points against their nearest rivals, and may struggle to survive this season.

Kluivert said: 'Newcastle is in trouble. You can’t drop points against teams around you. How are they going to get the points?

'You need to have confidence with the players and then the results will come.'

During his one season on Tyneside under Bobby Robson, Kluivert made 37 appearances and scored 13 goals in all competitions.

As a former club, Kluivert insisted he wanted to see Newcastle thrive and was not happy to witness their current problems.

He added: 'It’s a pity. All the ex-clubs you want them to have a good time so it’s a bit difficult for me to see.'