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 told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football: 'I think Newcastle has a big problem. You can't drop points at teams who are a little bit above you or a little bit below you.
'But they need to struggle and they need to get the points as soon as possible. How do you get the points?
'By winning games, but it's much easier said than done. First you need to have confidence for the players and then hopefully the results will come later.'
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 because all the ex-clubs where you've played you want them to have a good time.
'You don't want them to be struggling as they are now so it's a bit difficult for me to see them in this position at the moment.