Steve McClaren has indicated that Steven Taylor will go straight onto the bench despite no competitive practice games, the United boss including the centre-back when he said ‘Honestly, it is like five new faces on the training ground’.

Maybe a bit of a different choice of words to ‘like a new signing’ but the meaning is the same no doubt.

Steve McClaren including Steven Taylor alongside Rolando Aarons and Emmanuel Riviere as three of these new faces, plus the two proper ‘new faces’ Henri Saivet and Rolando Aarons.

Whilst it doesn’t do any harm having more players back to fitness, Newcastle fans won’t exactly be getting excited about the return to fitness of this trio.

Steve McClaren seems as unwilling as Alan Pardew was to give Rolando Aarons his chance in the Premier League, whilst Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere aren’t first choice players ahead of what we have at the minute.

With Newcastle’s survival this season still balanced on a knife edge, fans hoped/expected that last summer/this January, we would see the belated signing(s) of the quality left-back, centre-back and striker that are desperately needed to give this team/squad the strength needed to pretty much make sure of staying up.

However, with only a week to go of the transfer window, hopes are fading of decisive action.

In the absence of that, Steve McClaren has fallen back on calling for the Newcastle supporters to back the team, something which surely hasn’t been in doubt this season, despite the poor to average performances from the players.

McClaren has praised the great support and says that we would be surprised at what effect the fans have on the team, well whatever we have done this season doesn’t appear to have worked…

Steve McClaren:

“Steven Taylor back in, Rolando Aarons back in training, Manu Riviere, the two signings….honestly, it’s like five new faces on the training ground, so that has also given us a bit of a lift.

“This is a big game for us.

“For 95 minutes we need them (the supporters), we are pleading with them to do that (stay behind the team), whatever happens at the end is what it is but during the game we need all that support.

“You would be surprised by the effect it has on the players, especially the home games – the away support is even bigger.

“I do know in the first half in the last game at Watford our fans were terrific and we were really buoyed by it – so we really need them at Watford.”