Steve McClaren will have to take a hard look at the side and decide which players he will want to bring into the side in January and we suppose the way Newcastle is run these days he will have to persuade Chief Scout Graham Carr they are the players the club need to sign in January.
Most fans are expecting at least a center-back and a striker coming in over January but you never know with Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren has been talking about the players who are starting to make a difference at the club and he starts off with the front two of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez.
Mitro has been criticized over the International break by Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic who seems fed up with some of the attitudes of the Serbian players.
Mitrovic was one of the players he was talking about and the Newcastle striker played no part in the game last week.
Matic has been under pressure at Chelsea this season and the reigning Champions are just one point above Newcastle and he even suggested he may quit International football after their 4-1 friendly loss to the Czech Republic last week.
Steve McClaren has pointed to the positive partnership developing between our two front men:
“You can see a bit of telepathy between Mitro and Ayoze. You can see that getting stronger and it’s helping us as a team.”
“Mitro’s come in and he’s been a bit of a target for us. He can get better though, without a shadow of a doubt.”
“I think at the moment he just lacks maturity which I think will come with playing for us and in time.”
“I think they’ve made a good combination haven’t they? I think you can see it with Mitrovic and Perez – you can see that team cohesion.”
“That’s what we’ve been doing; looking to give everybody opportunities and chopping and changing with the line-up. We’re looking at who matches who, who can play with who, what combinations work.”
“We’ve got that with Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko down the right. We kind of had that with Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback a little bit in the middle, now Cheik Tiote has come in which he has had to do.”
“He’s growing and developing there.” “Then you’ve got Gini Wijnaldum with Ayoze – they like each other as well. It’s all helping us to develop as a team.”
Mitrovic started off the season picking up two yellow cards and a red in his first four games, but he’s improved since then with only one yellow, but he is still maturing as a player – as is Ayoze Perez.
Perez has three goals in 12 appearances and Mitro has two goals in 11 appearances so they need to start scoring more goals, but that should come.
Newcastle were linked with West Brom’s 22 year-old striker Saido Berahino over the weekend, but we’ll be very surprised if we can get the young Englishman to Tyneside in January.
What do you think?