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2 Newcastle stars Leeds must snap up in January to enhance their promotion credentials

Leeds United and Newcastle supporters have been in contrasting moods in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days, what with the Whites picking up a much-needed 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in the Championship on Sunday, while the Magpies suffered a third straight Premier League loss a day earlier.

Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds has lost their preceding three league matches prior to the visit of former manager Garry Monk and his Boro team, but goals either side of half time from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski set the Yorkshire giants en route to three points, with Britt Assombalonga’s late penalty not enough to prevent defeat for the Teessiders. Whereas Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle were handsomely beaten 4-1 by Manchester United a day earlier, with Dwight Gayle’s early strike ultimately giving Magpies fans false hope as Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku all netted to seal a comprehensive win for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Thus, there has been a different mood among both sets of supporters in the Tavern so far this week, with many Leeds fans eagerly anticipating their side’s return to action against Championship leaders Wolves on Wednesday night, while many of our resident Newcastle fans are already turning their attentions to their team’s crucial clash with Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

In the meantime though, both sets of fans have been discussing their respective side’s plans for the January transfer window, with Newcastle after reinforcements in a bid to re-establish themselves as a Premier League club, while Leeds may need a few more additions to return to the promised land for the first time since 2004.

And with some Magpies players struggling for minutes and perhaps seeking a move away in the New Year, here are TWO Newcastle stars Leeds must seek to snap up in a bid to enhance their promotion credentials…

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