Paul Robinson has heaped praise on Newcastle United after they produced a “huge” performance against Tottenham on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one suggested Steve Bruce’s side would have won the game had star striker Callum Wilson had been fit.
Goals from Joelinton and Joe Willock were not enough for the hosts to take all three points at St. James’ Park, as they were made to rue missed chances.
According to Opta, Newcastle's xG of 4.3 is the third highest of any team in a Premier League game this season and easily their highest in the league since 2016-17
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Football Insider understands top-scorer Wilson is very close to a return to action, having made significant progress over the international break.
Robinson believes the Englishman could be the difference between survival and relegation.
“You have to give them a huge amount of credit for the way Newcastle played,” he told Football Insider. “They created a lot of chances.
“Steve Bruce went with the two up top with Miguel Almiron in behind and it worked. They looked a lot better. They looked a lot more organised, a real threat.
“Looking at the way that they played against Spurs, you would not think it was a team fighting for survival.
“It would have been very interesting if Wilson was fit for the game, it would have put a very different angle on it.
“If they can get him fit before the end of the season it would be a massive boost and I think it could be the difference between them staying up or going down.”