NUFC strike search could determine on whether we have a long hard winter or not
So it emerges that high on Chris Hughton's wish-list is a centre-forward as another day is chalked off heading to the new season.
Taking a break from the now annoying, predictable and boring sound of the Vuvuzela, it's certainly reassuring to know that while the World Cup is a welcome way of filling space during the closed season at domestic level, before you know it we'll be freezing our backsides off and watching the bread and butter of Geordie life unfold when the Premier League restarts in eight weeks time.
And whether we're reading headlines such as RAMPANT NEWCASTLE or WASTEFUL NEWCASTLE in terms of chances, largely depends on who we bring in over the next few weeks.
For many the arrival of freebie Kris Boyd would represent a good signing, but while the Rangers ace certainly knows where the net is, there's knowing where the net is in Scotland and there's knowing where it is in England.
And believe me the amount of players who've struggled in England and done well in Scotland or done well in Scotland and rolled over in the Premier League is a long one.
I'm sure Boyd would relish the challenge and on the basis that there does not seem to be too many options around, maybe it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
That said, Hughton has already dismissed the idea and suggested there are other strikers further up his list than Boyd.
James Beattie was mentioned again over the weekend but it was almost laughable to think we'd swap Andy Carroll plus a few million for a player who has blown hot and cold during the Premier League years - even if he has netted almost a ton of top flight goals since 1995.
Swindon's Charlie Austin, yes him who missed a sitter in the play-off final, has also been mooted.
Let's face it proven Premier League goalscorers don't grow on trees and cost money.
It's the key position for any team looking to stay alive in the top flight.
Newcastle of course do have experience and potential in the shape of striking group Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger - then there is the yet to shine Leon Best and youngsters such as Ryan Donaldson and Phil Airey below the senior pack.
Oh and Xisco...
Yes, we need a striker before anything else in my opinion.