When you look at some of the potential weaknesses of Newcastle’s current side there are two areas that stand out.
One is the lack of creativity and flair in central midfield and the other is we don’t take all of our chances and that’s led to the loss of points in the Championship and specifically on Tuesday night that was the main reason we didn’t go through to the semi-finals of the League Cup.
So if we were to see only two players come in during the January window to the first team squad, we’d like to see a striker and a creative midfield player brought in.
Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht play-maker
As far as creative players, we have been linked all season with Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans, who is one of the top young players in Europe and he’s already played over 150 games for Anderlecht and doesn’t turn 20 until May.
With a number of big clubs interested in the teenager he wouldn’t come cheap – maybe we would have to go as high as £15M for him – but he would be a player who can produce immediately for the team.
He could be coached by Rafa Benitez to become a top player in the future.
A cheaper alternative to Youri would be Brentford’s Alan Judge, but he will not be fit from that double fracture of his right leg in January.
And as far as strikers go, somebody who could immediately produce for us in the Championship is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.
Callum Wilson – Bournemouth striker
When Bournemouth were promoted in 2015 he scored 23 goals in 50 games in the Championship, so he can certainly score the goals in this division.
Callum has adjusted well to the Premier League and has 8 goals in a total of 24 total Premier League appearances for the Cherries.
So there would be little risk in signing Wilson, but he would maybe cost as much as £25M, with West Ham likely to bid that for him next month.
A cheaper alternative to Callum would be Utrecht’s French striker, 22 year-old Sebastien Haller, who probably would cost around £10M – if that.
Getting in Youri and Callum in January would be two great acquisitions for Newcastle – and long term they would be worth the money.
If you could only bring two players into the first team squad in January, who would you want at Newcastle?