Newcastle are going through a rough patch at the moment having lost four of our last eight games and we have ceded the top position to Brighton who seem to be able to go on winning.
Brighton are on a 12 game unbeaten streak in the Championship having drawn only three of those games, so they have 30 points out of the last possible 36 and in our last 12 league games we have eight wins and four losses so they have gained 6 points on us in that time.
It’s good to have somebody calm and experienced in charge and there’s no panic from Rafa Benitez, because after all we are still in an automatic promotion spot and have a 6 points lead on Reading who have a game in hand on us.
Callum Wilson – difficult to get this player in
Rafa’s trying to bring in some players this month but it could be difficult to get them through the door.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be going to Brighton according to the latest reports and another top target is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and we’d be very surprised if he wants to leave a good Bournemouth side this month to join Newcastle in the second division.
Maybe the best chance we have is to get Tom Cleverley in from Everton and he would be a decent signing although he’s been rather mediocre in the Premier League.
We have been linked this morning with Norwich winger Robbie Brady and he would be a very good acquisition – if we can get him in.
Rafa is not one to go down his transfer list too far if the good players he wants are not available and it could be he keeps his powder dry until the summer if he cannot get his top targets trough the door.
But one player we definitely need in is another central midfielder with some flair.
We have badly missed Jonjo Shelvey – the good news being Jonjo has only one more league game to serve of his five game suspension at Brentford a week on Saturday.
We play Birmingham on Saturday afternoon in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and a win in that game would give the lads some confidence and could be the start of a good winning run.
That’s what we need to do.