If Newcastle cannot strengthen the squad this month then fans will have to rely on the players we already have at the club to avoid relegation.
That plus the experience and talent of our manager Rafa Benitez.
And with over a third of the window already gone it could end up like last January when owner Mike Ashley refused to spend any money thinking that Rafa had enough to get us promoted back to the Premier League.
Rafa did that, although it was not easy, and now he may have to demonstrate his unique skills as a manager if we are to remain a Premier League club.
Rafa has been working hard on the training field for this Saturday’s vital game at home to Swansea and a win would definitely raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans.
Karl Darlow – loves being at Newcastle
He has said throughout the season that the team will get better as the season progresses and we have to hope he is right in that assertion.
Karl Darlow is back in goal with Rob Elliot suffering from another thigh injury.
And Karl has told the Chronicle today that Rafa is working hard to ensure we reach at least 40 points this season.
This is what Karl has said:
“We are laying foundations.” “We’re past the halfway point so to be where we are is OK.”
“But we know we can do better.” “The manager keeps saying to us that we need to keep improving.”
“We have got a set of lads that are positive and want to work harder for this city and this club.”
“It’s (Swansea game) massive. It’s important to win and I can understand the frustration when we don’t get out quicker and move the ball quicker.”
“At the same time, we don’t want to concede.” “Things are looking more positive.”
“I loved every minute of it in 2017.”
“I have had some tough times, being in and out – but that’s all part of the parcel of football.”
“Winning the Championship was massive last season.”
“And now to have a run of Premier League games is something I can relish and look forward to.”
And after Rafa was willing to sell Darlow to Middlesbrough last summer, Karl may be getting a new deal that will keep him at Newcastle through 2023 with a new five and a half year deal – according to local reports.
Karl signed on for us in the summer of 2014 from Nottingham Forest and his current deal has just over two years to run.
Karl has so far played 56 times for the Newcastle first team and he seems to be improving all the time.
Karl is the type of player we want – he loves being at Newcastle.