Following my recent article about the January transfer window, asking which position(s) needed strengthening the most, the results are in…..drumroll please.

A staggering 27% of you seemingly lack faith in our elderly leader, Captain Colo, and see the immediate area for improvement to be the CB position.

In the original article, I put forward my suggestion of Ryan Shawcross. A suggestion which some thought not to be viable due to his age and also his position within Stoke. However, I still feel an offer of around £15m would be big enough to at least make Stoke think long and hard about it.

Granted, our transfer policy has favoured young, foreign players with potential for a high sell on value, but according to the club’s recent fans forum minutes (read into them what you will), it was said that ‘certain circumstances may lead to a change of that policy’.

Given our shambolic display at the back over the last few seasons it is not inconceivable to think that given the chance, Shawcross might be the kind of player Carr may be looking to sign.

I’d like to throw another name into the mix, somewhat tongue in cheek, but how about a bid for John Terry?

Sure he has seen better days, but I’m certain there may be a season or two playing at the top level left him in yet and if he fancies regular football in the PL, we might be as good an offer as anyone else who is plucky enough to take a punt. Just a thought, let me know what you think and please put forward any other players who might be available next summer in the comments below.

In second place and again, hardly a surprise, 17% voted for a new defensive midfielder. Split only by 1% in third place was a new LB on 16%.

Certainly on the forum I follow and the recent articles written here on The Mag, it’s clear to see that the opinions I have been reading so far this season seem to be shared by the masses.

That is pleasing to see as it gives me hope, perhaps misguided albeit, that those responsible for transfer dealings at NUFC may finally wake up and smell the coffee in this coming transfer window.

If it is this apparent to the fans, it must be glaringly obvious what needs to happen in January to Steve McClaren, his coaches and Graham Carr, who get to work with the players week in week out.

So I have my fingers crossed that this transfer window, Mike Ashley opens the war chest once more and we finally strengthen in the areas which most need it, Allowing Newcastle United, at the very least, a fighting chance of pulling away from the dreaded relegation zone we have been flirting with all too often recently, moving ourselves back into the upper echelon of mid-table mediocrity.

Thanks to all who voted – this is the percentage of the votes for which positions needed strengthening at Newcastle United:

27% Centre-Back

17 % Defensive Midfielder

16% Left-Back

13% Striker

9% Attacking Midfielder

5% Right Wing

5% Goalkeeper

4% Right-Back

4% Left Wing

I’d like to keep the conversation going by asking you to comment below with feasible transfer targets for us in the January transfer window.

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