Punters here at the Transfer Tavern are wondering if Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth could be a turning point in their season.
Indeed, since their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland, the Toon Army have kept two clean sheets in a row, something which will really encourage manager Steve McLaren. Furthermore, while their performance against Bournemouth was arguably poor, the former England coach will be equally encouraged by Newcastle’s ability to grind out a result.
However, something McLaren will still want to work on at St James Park, is being more clinical in front of goal. Bar a 6-2 victory over fellow strugglers Norwich City, the Toon Army have not exactly been prolific in front of goal. A recent 0-0 draw with Stoke highlighted this particularly, as although Newcastle found Stoke keeper Jack Butland in imperious form, they simply weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.
McLaren may have even bigger problems on his plate soon, with Ayoze Perez being linked with a move away from St James Park. Below are five potential replacements for him, or on the other hand options that could bolster the strikeforce of Perez, Alexsandr Mitrovic and Georigno Wijnaldum further.
Hit McClaren below to see FIVE strikers he should target in January