The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Rafa Benitez has some money to spend on new players during the January transfer window, regardless of their ownership situation.
Newcastle United have been vastly improved in recent weeks in the Premier League with 7 points to show for their efforts from their last four outings. Improvements have certainly been made following their barren run of form which saw them take just 4 points from 30 available in their previous 10 matches. But despite their recent resurgence, the Magpies propping up the bar are refusing to rest on their laurels, as they appreciate that there is plenty of football left to be played this season.
The acquisition of a goal-scorer this month will go along way to ensuring that Benitez’s side beat the drop, as his side have desperately struggled to consistently find the back of the net during the current campaign.
And according to the Northern Echo, Benitez could be set to bring Watford’s Troy Deeney to the club in January in order to solve their goal-scoring crisis.
However, Newcastle need to be aiming for a much higher calibre of player if they wish to stay in the top-flight this season.
Not only is Deeney below the standard that is needed to enable The Magpies to steer clear of safety, but his disciplinary record suggests that he could become a liability on Tyneside.
With that to consider, Newcastle should abandon their pursuit of the Hornets fan-favourite and instead turn their attention to Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
Since moving to The Foxes from Manchester City, Iheanacho has failed to break into Leicester’s first-team under both Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel, which is a real shame considering the extent of his ability.
With Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki firmly ahead of him in the pecking order, it should be possible for Benitez to persuade Puel to allow Iheanacho to move to Tyneside on loan until the end of the season.
A move for the former Manchester City talent would be far more positive than a move for Deeney in both financial, and footballing terms, so Benitez should do everything in his power to bring him to St James’ Park this month.