Newcastle United fans' favourite David Ginola has spoken of his concern about the number of French players residing at his old club, and feels it could be damaging in their bid to avoid Premier League relegation.

The Toon are currently locked in a battle to beat the drop and Ginola reckons some of the French boys won't understand the importance of survival in England's top-flight.

"I spoke a few weeks ago about the fact there are 10 French players in the squad and whether it would be a good thing for the club," Ginola told Irish Independent.

"At the time, it seemed that it was positive because they were going to bring something different to the club, but after a few weeks, it wasn't good enough and it still isn't now.

"Playing in Europe and then in a Premier League relegation fight are completely different things."

Newcastle's results have massively dipped since being knocked out of the Europa League by Benfica, up until which point they had given quite a solid account of themselves. But, having picked up just one point from their last four league games and scoring only one goal, the club's supporters are right to be concerned about their recent plight.

The poor form and lack of points on the board has Alan Pardew's barnet going greyer than ever, and the embarrassing 6-0 defeat against Liverpool sounded alarm bells that Newcastle might be in trouble. 

Luckily for fans on Tyneside, teams like Norwich City, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic are not running away, with Southampton, Aston Villa and Fulham all still looking over their shoulders.

"You have to have the right sort of players for that task [to avoid relegation] and I'm not sure that the players are concerned about it," added Ginola. "The players are thinking, 'Well, if the club is relegated, then we will leave in the summer'.

"Hopefully they are going to find something to help save the club because Newcastle United and the fans need to stay in the Premier League. I hope they are pressing that importance onto them."

Newcastle have just two games to secure their safety with a trip to Queens Park Rangers before they host Arsenal at St James' Park on the last day of the season.


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