With the January transfer window finally creaking open, there is a chance that Rafa and most fans’ desires for some new Newcastle signings can finally take shape.
While any different faces in the dressing room would be greatly appreciated, it may not necessarily improve NUFC’s form. Not if other issues remain unresolved.
No player, at least not within Ashley’s price range, can act as a panacea for our season.
There is an undeniable lack of quality in the squad but, without a significant cash injection from any new owners, it is hard to think of any players readily available who could galvanise the team’s performances.
There was, nevertheless, the January where the French trio of Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy (as well as Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga- Mbiwa) were signed and managed to help in a number of vital matches against relegation rivals.
If such a thing were to happen this year, then at least serious action would be seen to be taken to avoid returning to the Championship so soon.
But it won’t increase our final league position much higher than the 13th place in which NUFC currently resides.
In order to do that, the squad needs to rediscover the formula that helped them be a relatively hard team to beat in late August/September.
The fact that Newcastle haven’t beaten a single club above 14th (and picked up only two points from clubs above 14th) in the league table this season is a telling one.
What player on the market could suddenly change that?
I’m sorry to be pessimistic but, despite some newfound resolve on the pitch, NUFC will have difficult months ahead no matter what dealings are done this new year.