Should Newcastle United make a January move for Leicester City's Gokhan Inler?

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Leicester City’s Gokhan Inler has barely featured this season.

Newcastle United have made a desperately poor start to the current Premier League campaign, winning only two out of 14 matches, and find themselves 19th in the table.

Many have placed the blame on boss Steve McClaren and his inability to cut out Newcastle’s defensive shambles, while the transfer committee and the players are also rightfully culpable.

But whatever mess they currently find themselves in now, only by working together, keeping the faith and adding positively in January will they be able to preserve their Premier League status.

Much has been made of Newcastle’s signings in recent years, with Jack Colback being only one of their last dozen or so recruitments to possess any sort of Premier League experience upon arrival.

But what do Newcastle need now? Premier League experience would be welcome, but leadership qualities and an imposing personality would arguably be more important.

And they could find both of these qualities in Leicester City midfielder Gokhan Inler.

The Switzerland international joined the Foxes from Serie A giants Napoli in the summer, but he has yet to nail down a regular first-team spot, starting just two Premier League matches.

The 31-year-old has reiterated that he committed to Leicester, but in a recent report by the Daily Mail, Inler also stated he could be open to a loan move in order to play on a regular basis.

With the European Championships just around the corner, the experienced holding midfielder will not want to head to France next summer lacking in match fitness and an opportunity for Newcastle could arise.

The Magpies need to strengthen the spine of the team, and Inler fits the bill perfectly as he boasts Champions League experience with Napoli and much-needed tenacity through the middle.

With boss Claudio Ranieri preferring the likes of N’Golo Kante and Daniel Drinkwater, he could be open to letting Inler leave on loan and the least Newcastle should do is pose the question in January.

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