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Options were limited for the manager today but he could still put out this very decent starting eleven against Manchester City at the Etihad this afternoon.
However, there are positives and the January spending has at least ensured that Newcastle can put a first eleven out worthy of the name, though if many changes need to be made then it could be bleak.
While funds will be available in the summer I think serious money will need to be spent elsewhere, especially for another striker, so it would make sense to try and save a bit of money elsewhere in the squad.
You can never rule out Alan Pardew bringing Obertan back in from nowhere, yet again, but surely Perch, Anita and Marveaux would feature ahead of him.
This is a very rare opportunity to get hold of such a sought after programme.
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