Steve McClaren’s first season in charge has so far been something of a disaster, with his side currently in the bottom three after 18 games.
With a number of their summer signings having failed to impress so far, they are expected to be busy in the January transfer window as they seek to avoid relegation.
And McInally is expecting several new faces to arrive; saying a leader on the pitch should be among the manager’s priorities.
“I think he [McClaren] would have been waiting so he can get a few in and a few out,” he told Soccer Saturday.
“I think he’ll definitely be wanting to be busy in the January window. I would say somebody up top [is priority].
“But the centre of the park is soft and Newcastle was never like that. I think he looks for somebody with more character [who is] a little bit of a captain on the park.”
While it may be apparent the type of players that Newcastle need, whether they can secure them is sure to be an entirely different matter.
Owner Mike Ashley backed his manager with money in the summer and has so far not seen a positive return from his investment on the whole.
That would suggest he is unlikely to be keen to splash the cash again in January, a transfer window in which it is notoriously difficult to do good business.
Given their struggles this season as well, they are hardly an attractive prospect to potential recruits either, meaning it could be a disappointing month on the transfer front.