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Alan Shearer: 'Newcastle United a Championship side in the Premier League'

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Alan Shearer acknowledges that Newcastle United are a "Championship side playing in the Premier League" and is urging for a more positive mindset in upcoming games.

Alan Shearer has described Newcastle United as a "Championship side playing in the Premier League".

The Magpies were promoted from the second tier last season and made an impressive start to life back in the top flight.

However, Rafael Benitez's charges have tumbled down the table in recent weeks, having lost eight of their last 10 league matches.

Newcastle's 1-0 loss to Manchester City was their fifth consecutive home defeat, prompting concern from Shearer ahead of crunch games against Brighton & Hove Albion, Stoke City and Swansea City.

"It is relegation form from Newcastle, there is no doubt about it," the Magpies and England legend told BBC Sport.

"The way Rafael Benitez set his side up, it looked like he has one eye on the weekend game against Brighton. That is the game they cannot be beaten at home.

"They are a Championship side playing in the Premier League, I think the fans understand that. Benitez has dropped hints that he needs bodies to come in and if he does not, it will be a relegation battle.

"Against the likes of Brighton and Stoke, they need to have a different mindset and go for it more. Today it was very negative setup. They concede in the first half, but Benitez could have gone for it earlier around 25 minutes before the end instead of in the last 10."

Newcastle currently sit 15th in the table, one point above the relegation zone. body check tags ::

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool32282270254586
2Manchester CityMan City32213881334866
3Leicester CityLeicester32167960312955
4Chelsea321661057441354
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd321410851312052
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves321313645341152
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd32121193332147
8Arsenal32111384741646
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs32129115144745
10Burnley32136133645-945
11Everton32128124047-744
12Crystal Palace32119122837-942
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle32119123343-1042
14Southampton32124164155-1440
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton32712133444-1033
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3286183856-1830
17Watford32610162949-2028
18Aston Villa3276193660-2427
19Bournemouth3276193054-2427
20Norwich CityNorwich3256212560-3521
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