Results have gradually improved throughout January and Newcastle United are now aiming for the fifth round of the FA Cup AND most importantly of all, staying well clear of the chasing pack and hopefully leapfrogging Brighton once again.
Despite plenty happening on the field of play there has also been a subplot, the day by day update of well…nothing happening in the transfer window.
Not that there has been riots on the streets or even really much, if any, public criticism of the lack of action. More a kind of strange feeling and maybe surprise that quite literally, nothing has happened.
When the window did open at the start of the month, the general expectation appeared to be that there would be no mass movement in or out. Cheick Tiote expected to finally leave, plus possibly another player if/when Newcastle brought in a signing, with one or two first team level players arriving – whether on loan or permanent deals.
There probably won’t be anybody who doesn’t doubt this current squad could get promotion as it stands BUT it is still surprising to see nobody as yet arriving.
The anger of many previous transfer windows is absent but maybe a feeling that a signing or two was needed to give everybody, inside and outside the club, a lift. To give Rafa Benitez different options and freshen things up, not to mention insurance against any injury or suspension setbacks.
The activity of Januarys 2013 and 2016 is proof that if you really want players to come in, then they can be made to happen – though whether they are going to be the right signings is something you never know until they are wearing black and white.
With the January transfer window closing on Tuesday, maybe the right way to go is to be happy with the Newcastle squad as it is, but see any late arrival as a bonus.
The glass is at least half full at the moment but it wouldn’t do any harm to top it up a bit.