Just over a week now until the January transfer window opens for Newcastle United.
The team/squad are riding high in top spot but yesterday we asked you to vote on which positions you thought needed strengthening.
Newcastle fans could tick one or more positions where they thought ideally Newcastle needed to bring in new players for during January.
These are the percentages (rounded up/down) from all the votes cast:
26% Central midfield
24% Attacking midfielder/Second striker
14% Left wing
3% Right wing
Some big messages there, with roughly half the positions seen as totally secure, whilst the rest very much open to added improvement/strengthening.
With the likes of Darlow, Elliot, Sels, Woodman and Krul, clearly goalkeeping isn’t seen as a problem.
Yedlin & Anita appear to have right-back covered, whilst Lascelles & Clark with Mbemba in reserve have supporters more than happy.
With a potential return to the Premier League also occupying supporters’ thoughts, Matt Ritchie looks to have their confidence on the right, with Christian Atsu and DeAndre Yedlin also able to play there.
At the top of the wants list is another central midfielder, with 26% of all the votes (not 26% of the people voting) thinking a signing there is the biggest priority. Shelvey and Hayden have been excellent but Colback has been poor and there is no other obvious alternative – with Shelvey’s likely suspension it has simply increased the focus on the position.
Closely behind with 24% is the free role in behind Dwight Gayle – Perez and Diame have been big disappointments and despite a very recent upturn in form from the former Hull City player, supporters still see this position as looking vulnerable.
Whilst Paul Dummett has done a job in the Championship, left-back (15%) still rates as a priority to be added to – injury has hampered both Lazaar and Gamez but based on what we have seen, neither have convinced they are the real answer.
Similarly, on the left wing Yoan Gouffran has done a job but fans still see this as a position needing improvement, especially if looking towards a potential Premier League return, Christian Atsu showing some promise but not getting enough games for supporters to make a proper judgement.
The 14% nominating striker as a priority position that needs looking at, are not likely looking at the short-term and/or Dwight Gayle.
Gayle has done everything asked of him but there is a big worry if he gets injured, as Mitrovic, Murphy and Perez are yet to fully convince, plus this is a massive priority position certainly if looking at it with Premier League eyes.