It's been a season to forget so far for Newcastle United, however now is the time to turn it around. Again.
The Magpies have been in a downward slump for about two years now. Ever since the loss of Yohan Cabaye, a midfield maestro, who has never been replaced.
With the loss of Alan Pardew and the appointment of John Carver, it was apparent that the 2014/15 season was never going to go well, however, few expected it to go so badly, with the club saving its Premier League status on the last day.
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Many thought this season would be the start of a revival of what was once one of the most feared clubs in the Premier League, however, that has most certainly not been the case.
When Steve McClaren was appointed in the summer, he told fans that the first thing he wanted to improve was the - less than stellar - defence, which had shipped 63 goals during the previous campaign.
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The signing of Chancel Mbemba has turned out to be a significant one, as without him the Magpies would have likely conceded a lot more than they already have. It seems McClaren's tactics haven't been too effective as Newcastle still have the third worst defence in the Premier League - not exactly a stat to boast about.
It's a continuous leak that needs to be stopped, however, this won't be taking priority in January with the club looking for a striker to solve the goalscoring issues.
Conceding goals at one end and failing to score at the other is the worst combination you can have in football, and all Newcastle can be happy about is the fact there appears to be two teams in the league who are worse than them, currently.
Alongside having the third-worst defence in the league, they've got the third worst attack, scoring only 19 goals in 20 league games this season.
Much like the 2012/13 season Newcastle fans now come into the January transfer window with the hopes their club can be saved by an injection of new talent.
Despite already confirming the deal of Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet, Newcastle still need three additions. They need to solidify the spine of the team; bringing in a strong, physical centre-half to replace the ageing Fabricio Coloccini, a physical holding midfielder to give the defence some cover and an out-and-out winger, with Premier League experience.
Most people are looking to a striker in this window, however with a player such as Joel Campbell or Andros Townsend out on the wing providing service to Aleksandar Mitrovic, and positioning Georginio Wijnaldum in an attacking midfield role, this season could end with Newcastle in mid-table.
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