Newcastle United need several new faces in January.
The club have made a terrible start to the new season, and another relegation looks to be on the horizon.
Thankfully Steve Bruce is now out of the picture, and hopefully the club’s new owners can get a solid replacement in.
That situation is ongoing, with Graeme Jones currently leading the team on an interim basis.
The focus for Newcastle in January will be to sign a couple of defenders first and foremost.
Only Norwich City have conceded more goals than the Magpies this season.
The backline is worryingly porous, and new additions are badly needed.
But Newcastle also need new recruits in midfield.
One man who is being linked with a move to St. James’ Park is Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek.
The star has had a terrible time at Old Trafford since his £35 million (+£5 million) move from Ajax, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regularly overlooking him.
This season, he has played just five minutes in the Premier League.
The management of him has been, frankly, extraordinary.
This is a player that was instrumental for Ajax after he had broke through to their first-team back in 2015.
He made 175 appearances for the Dutch giants and scored 41 goals. He also made 34 assists.
Those are very respectable numbers for a midfield player, and it’s bizarre to see him getting such little game time at Manchester United.
And his contributions helped the club to win three trophies during his time there. He also helped Ajax make the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19.
Newcastle should take a punt
Getting van de Beek in, perhaps on loan, would be a great move.
This is a player with a lot of talent, which has sort of been forgotten since his move to England.
He must be itching to get game time, and he would surely be starting regularly for Newcastle.
He’ll likely feel he has a massive point to prove, and that could well see him play out of his skin for the next team he plays for. Newcastle should ensure that team is them.