Maybe we are being too negative because of the terrible display and result yesterday, but with the games we have to play through January 2nd we cannot see Newcastle being out of the bottom six come January.
And therefore Newcastle will need to bring in some players who can immediately produce for the side and fill the many gaps Newcastle seem to have in the team when January rolls around.
Lee Charnley – running the club for Mike Ashley
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Here are the games we have through January 2nd.
November Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace December Sun 06 16:00 H Liverpool Sun 13 16:00 A Tottenham Sat 19 17:30 H Aston Villa Sat 26 17:30 H Everton Mon 28 15:00 A WBA January Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal
We would expect maybe 5 points minimum from those seven games with a home win against Aston Villa and at least draws against Everton and West Brom.
That would probably have us in the bottom three at the start of January.
The Chronicle is reporting today that if we are in relegation trouble in January the transfer targets could change.
The current plan according to the Chronicle is to bring in young players like Georginio Wijnaldum (but he’s 25), Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba that we brought in over the summer.
But if we remain in trouble the plan could change to bring in some players capable of having an immediate impact on Tyneside and saving Newcastle from relegation.
Newcastle could therefore (we assume) turn to older and more experienced players in January – something that we haven’t seen much of from Mike Ashley’s Newcastle.
This is not earth shattering news and we’d be stupid to bring in young players in January who cannot have any immediate impact in the second half of the season.
But there again it’s hard to accuse the club of being progressive, logical or even sensible over the last couple of years.
We hate to be like a broken record, but it would mean getting in proven PL players like Charlie Austin – which we should have done in the summer.
We would expect at least four players coming in during the January window and if we are in real trouble they must be able to produce – immediately.