Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has something of a job on his hands in January.
The Magpies gaffer can’t be best pleased with what he’s seen from his side this season as they’ve won just three league games so far, and more alarmingly, they’ve only scored 10 goals in the process.
What is more worrying is the fact that six of those goals have come from Callum Wilson, and with the striker missing the Tyneside outfit’s last game with injury, it’s clear that they need a proper backup.
However, Newcastle have been in this situation before.
Way back in 2011, the Magpies had an on-form striker scoring the majority of their goals in the shape of Demba Ba, but the club were wise to the fact that they were becoming over-relient on his goals, so they brought in another striker who could provide the same type of fire power.
That man was Papiss Cisse.
What followed was arguably the most impressive six-month run of any Premier League striker in history as Cisse netted a remarkable 13 goals in 14 games to fire Newcastle into the Europa League.
Of course, it’s almost impossible to find a striker who is going to have that type of impact, but that’s what Bruce must try to do in January.
Wilson has scored 60 per cent of the Magpies goals so far this term, and we’re almost a quarter of the way through the season, and with his injury history, being overly reliant on him could be a recipe for disaster.
Newcastle have other strikers at the club, but they’re not clinical enough to replace Wilson when he’s not firing or he’s out injured, so they must get a proven goalscorer through the door in January to alleviate some of the pressure that is inevitably on Wilson’s shoulders right now.
Alan Pardew pulled off a masterstroke by getting Cisse in to assist Ba back in 2012, and Bruce has to do the same by finding Wilson a partner who can take some of the responsibility off of him.