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Newcastle United's plans for the January transfer window

By Lee Ryder on Dec 10, 12 04:27 PM


The suggestion from Alan Pardew in recent days is that Newcastle United will bolster their squad in January following the Magpies' slide down the table.

To some Geordie fans it will considered a case of "too little, too late" while for others it will be viewed as "better late than never", either way the top brass at St James' Park have a big decision to make in January.

Do they want to simply solidify their place in the top flight or do they want to go places and really push on at the top end, with even the top six looking iffy as it stands?

Pardew himself has warned that United can not afford to stand still in the Premier League, but every day that goes by in January without a new signing could have a big impact on Newcastle's fortunes this season.

The fact that Newcastle did not strengthen last summer left many fans convinced that an injury crisis would see a major slump down the table after last season's top five finish - and they have so far been proved right.

There was a lot of faith placed in youngsters such as Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid.

However, while all remain hot prospects for the future, they have not grasped their chance as much as Pardew and his backroom team would have liked.

And in short as injuries ravaged through the squad this season, the cover has not been strong or experienced enough to make ends meet.

Whether the aim is to simply consolidate in the Premier League or genuinely push for the top six remains to be seen.

But after talk of being "stronger" come the end of January from Pardew, the question now has to be what can Newcastle fans expect?

In an ideal world it would be nice to expect four experienced bodies to come in and beef up Pardew's squad.

Yet with sell on value, wages, agent fees and the club's blueprint surrounding player age all to be considered, it would be a pleasant surprise for fans if there was a big influx of players next month.

And those who are already mentally scarred by previous windows may not be holding their breath.

For now we will have to wait to see if Newcastle fans get what they want and Alan Pardew gets what he needs.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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