Tuesday 29th January 2019 may be the date that changes Newcastle United’s season and the future of key personnel at the club.
Rafa Benitez, whose future has been in doubt recently as he enters the final few months of his contract, had called for the club to make the additions he felt he needed in order to keep The Toon Army in the Premier League and it appears Mike Ashley is starting to deliver.
The Magpies appear to have started to make inroads in their quest to bring reinforcements to the squad as a number of players are thought to be on the verge of completing January switches to St. James’ Park.
Sky Sports have claimed that Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron could be about to complete a move that is likely to see the club break their transfer record for the first time since their 2005 deal to bring Michael Owen to the northeast.
Antonio Barreca is understood to be closing in on a loan move to Newcastle from AS Monaco as the club address their concerns at left-back, whilst Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris is also a loan target that could arrive before January ends, per The Telegraph.
Despite the busyness within the club to try and get a number of new recruits in through the door, the players currently at the team may have managed to show their desire to help Newcastle pull away from the drop.
Benitez saw his side manage to steal all three points away from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City in front of their home crowd on Tuesday evening.
They went behind in the first minute when Sergio Aguero kept up his record of scoring against The Magpies, however, second-half goals from Salomon Rondon and a Matt Ritchie penalty gave the hosts a shock victory.
That victory, coupled with the fact that additions appear to be on the horizon to improve their squad, may have just given Newcastle fans some hope that things could change and Benitez will remain with the team until the end of his contract at the very least.
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