Newcastle haven’t found life in the second tier of English football any easy since their return following last term’s relegation from the top flight, as they haven’t been able to dominate the league as many would have expected.
The Magpies currently lie in 2nd place on the log after 25 rounds of Championship games, and they now have to be wary of falling off the automatic promotion spots altogether, with the likes of Reading, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United hard on their heels.
Newcastle boast of inarguably the best team in the league, but that hasn’t been enough to see them pick up 3 points easily every other Championship matchday. They have already lost 7 games, and the toughest half of the campaign is just getting started. The race for instant promotion back to the Premier League is weighing the Magpies down, and the January transfer window could be their saving grace.
However, getting the exact type of players that can help them mount a stronger title challenge won’t be an easy task, and such type of players are only easily available in the Premier League.
But not many top-flight players want to drop down the tiers to ply their trade even if it would mean more playing time, and as such, only a loan deal will see such transfers near possible.
Newcastle badly needs around 2 to 3 of such loan moves, as the advantages, they could bring to the table might go a long way in shaping what has been a shaky campaign for them. If there is something Benitez should equip his squad with in the coming days, it’s depth in quality, and at most 3 would be ideal.
With 21 games to go in the next 4 months, playing as much as 5 games in a month will definitely have its toll on the first team players, and fatigue will set in in no time. The midfield and forward departments have been identified as the ones in most need of more quality legs, as the overdependence on the likes of Gayle and Shelvey isn’t doing Newcastle any good.
Having few quality players with some Premier League experience under their belts will undoubtedly help inject life and vigour back into a team that lacks both. Any player that arrives on loan always comes with the mind to impress his parent club. The drive and zeal is high, and if properly channelled, the results can be astounding.
Loans are largely symbiotic, with the Nathan Ake-Bournemouth deal a most recent proof of that. There are many Akes in the Premier League that can help inspire the Magpies to a Championship title win, whilst also auditioning for a starting berth in their own clubs at the same time. Chelsea’s Atsu hasn’t been able to do that, and it’s high time the club went for better options.
Newcastle’s current squad has proven incapable of getting the job done, getting quality players that can help turn the season at this time of the campaign on a permanent basis won’t come any cheap, hence, 2 to 3 loan deals are more than ideal for them right now.
Such moves could end up being the difference between a title win, a 2nd place finish or a playoffs spot for the Saint James’ Park outfit come May.