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7 days window of opportunity for Newcastle United to make key January signings

1 month ago
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An important part of the season is approaching for Newcastle United.

Indeed, for most people it is by far THE most important.

Ever since the new Newcastle United owners took control, all eyes on January.

With 31 days to bring in signings to improve the existing NUFC squad.

The thing is, I would narrow it down far further than that.

Rather than 31 days, I will be looking at what happens in the first 7 days once the window opens on 1 January 2022.

You look at the way the fixtures are laid out (see below).

With Man Utd home and Everton away before the January window opens.

Then Southampton away on 2 January.

Following that, Newcastle have Watford at home on 15 January and Leeds away on 22 January.

Nobody is under any illusions, especially those inside the club, as to the help that is needed via new signings, if relegation is to be successfully avoided.

Obviously they have had almost three months build up to this window and Eddie Howe will have made clear which players he would like, a list no doubt with a number of options for them to go out AND much of this work surely to have been done before the window actually opens.

Looking at the fixtures, obviously Southampton away on 2 January will be too early for any new signings to come in and be ready to play.

However…I absolutely think that Newcastle’s season is likely to rise or fall on what happens in the first week of the window, before the FA Cup match.

If signings are to be made and realistically be ready to play against Watford on 15 January, they have to have at least a week to work with Eddie Howe and the other players.

Once you then get to that Leeds match on 22 January, after that you only have 15 more Premier League games and I honestly think that both Watford and Leeds will be two clubs who will be bottom four or five this season. Newcastle very likely needing to finish above one if not both of them.

The new NUFC owners have a huge task on their hands in terms of turning the club around and this transfer window will arguably be their biggest challenge in the short-term.

I hope and expect two or three new signings to arrive in those first seven days of January, some massive games coming up.

Newcastle United upcoming matches until end of February 2022:

Monday 27 December 8pm – Man Utd home (Sky Sports)

Thursday 30 December 7.30pm – Everton away (Amazon Prime)

Sunday 2 January 2pm – Southampton away

Saturday 8 January 3pm – Cambridge Home (FA Cup third round)

Saturday 15 January 3pm – Watford home

Saturday 22 January 3pm – Leeds away

Tuesday 8 February 7.45pm – Everton Home (BT Sport)

Sunday 13 February 2pm – Aston Villa Home (Sky Sports)

Saturday 19 February 3pm – West Ham Away ***Subject to change

Saturday 26 February 3pm – Brentford Away ***Subject to change

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