Why Newcastle United's frustrating transfer plans may be the correct approach this month

Newcastle United do not need additions in the January transfer window.

Newcastle United's lack of ambition in recent transfer windows has been a major source of frustration for supporters of the club, but they may be better served by keeping their cheque book in their pocket this time around.

The Magpies' lack of expenditure over recent years, despite selling a number of their star players, has caused much unrest at St. James' Park and there have been few suggestions that they will be spending big this month, either.

The policy itself may be a frustrating one for the supporters of the club, who are desperate to see an injection of quality, but it could favour them during the current transfer window.

Newcastle have had terrible luck with injuries this season and any deficiency in their current squad may well actually be solved by players they already have on their books.

Indeed, with the likes of Siem De Jong and Davide Santon edging closer to fitness, having missed the majority of the season so far, they have two solutions to current problems coming back into contention.

Newcastle have struggled in central midfield and at full-back during the campaign to date and the temptation may have been to panic buy in the current window, but their cautious approach is likely to pay dividends. 

De Jong and Santon are obviously quality players and, although it is a cliched term, they will be like new signings when they do come back into the team.

Added to this, Tim Krul and Gabriel Obertan are also nearing a return to fitness and the squad will look immeasurably stronger as a result.

As a result Newcastle's need for additions is limited and they may be better off waiting until the summer, when their strongest possible line-up has played together for a run of games, before bringing in any new faces. 

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