We have seen how Newcastle are just a shadow of the side when Jonjo Shelvey isn’t in the line-up and some proof of that has been the last three games when Jonjo has been out because of his suspension.
We have failed to score twice in two 1-0 defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers which has let our closest challengers for promotion – Brighton and Reading – gain 3 points on us over those three games.
That’s even though each of those clubs have only played two of those games with one of their games being postponed.
Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle – indispensable
That’s not good if we want to get an automatic promotion place, so it’s good that Jonjo will only miss one more league game – away at Brentford on 16th November – which could prove to be another tough game for Newcastle.
But the other player we cannot be without if we are to be promoted this season is striker Dwight Gayle, who has already scored 19 goals for us so far this season and is a natural goalscorer.
This lad can score goals out of nothing as he did to wrap the 3 points up against Nottingham Forest last Friday – but that win came with the help of the referee who sent off Matt Mills after 60 minutes with the score at 1-1.
It’s hardly surprising that Rafa Benitez – who was shocked at the 1-0 defeat yesterday afternoon at Blackburn because we were so dominant – wants to bring in a playmaker and a striker in the January transfer window.
It could be our failure to do that could have serious repercussions on our promotion chances in the event that either Shelvey or Gayle are injured or suspended in the run-in to this season.
We simply must get promoted this season – there is simply no room for failure.
What do you think?