Newcastle United could be left with similar transfer related questions in the summer after their January transfer window.
Newcastle United’s January transfer window was an interesting one focused on players who left rather than anyone John Carver could bring in.
In total, seven players left the club during the winter transfer window with the biggest story connected to the club being the five players who headed out on loan to Rangers on deadline day.
Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Haris Vuckic are the quintet who will be looking to give Carver some selection headaches if he’s still in charge of the team looking ahead to next season.
Davide Santon also left the club on loan, joining Inter Milan while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left for Roma in a deal worth just over £5 million.
The overlying question for fans is why the club didn’t bring anyone in to improve Carver’s playing options over the second half of the season?
There are two possible reasons with the first being the doubt, which surrounded the managerial position at the club throughout the month.
It was always going to be difficult for Carver to give a clear and precise plan over who he wanted to come into the club when he didn’t know if he was going to be the head coach.
The second explanation is that Carver arguably felt he had enough in his playing squad to cope over the rest of the season.
Newcastle don’t play as many games as some of their rivals over the next few months, which reduces the need for them to have a bigger squad and the boss may feel he’s got all angles covered.
The club could face a similar dilemma in the summer with Carver only appointed as head coach until the end of the season.
If he’s going to be given the job long term, that’s something he needs to be made aware of in the weeks leading up to the July window so he can create a clear plan over which area of the squad he wants to improve and why.