Newcastle go into a vital transfer deadline day with just one loan signing to their name, having missed out on various targets over the past month.

It was clear before January that Newcastle desperately needed a striker, yet on the eve of transfer deadline day, Rafa Benitez still has the same three strikers he started the window with.

Nicolai Jorgensen proved to be too expensive, with Newcastle unwilling to pay over the odds despite stating their intentions to break their transfer record, while Daniel Sturridge opted to move to West Brom due to family reasons. A fair reason for turning down the Magpies, but would this be the case if they had acted earlier?

Newcastle’s list of striker targets has gotten shorter by the day, and Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley now have just 24 hours to get Benitez the striker he needs.

If and most likely when they fail to deliver a striker, it will be the beginning of the most vital six months in the club’s history. Benitez has the ability to keep the team in the Premier League, but maybe not the tools he wants.

If Newcastle are to go down, they can wave goodbye to a wealthy investor coming in, and they can also wave goodbye to Benitez, who surely will not put up with another season in the Championship.

Even if Newcastle do survive, a lack of a takeover on the horizon could still see Benitez leave in the summer, with the Spaniard being let down too many times by Mike Ashley.

Transfer deadline day is the club’s last chance to do all they can to ensure the future of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.

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