Which position do Newcastle need to strengthen the most in January?

Manager of Newcastle United Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2017 in London,...

Newcastle are in need of reinforcements in the January transfer window

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on December 9, 2017 in...

With the January transfer window set to open, there is much speculation about which players could be on the move in the near future.

Newcastle United, having endured a difficult first half of the campaign, certainly need to improve their squad, but which position do they need to strengthen in the most?

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to suggest that Newcastle could do with reinforcements all across the pitch, but they are especially in need of a quality winger.

Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy have been underwhelming this season and have lacked conviction in front of goal, while Christian Atsu is talented but doesn't appear to be capable of inspiring Newcastle to save themselves from relegation.

Junior Stanislas of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 13, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Manager Rafael Benitez needs to bring in at least one winger this month and a player such as Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas, who scored seven goals in the Premier League last season, would be a useful addition, although it may be difficult to secure such a move.

If Newcastle were to bring in a talented winger then it would be hugely beneficial as it would also provide their attack with greater service. 

At present, Dwight Gayle can often appear isolated up front and has to drop deep to gain possession, whereas a reliable winger could help to make his task much easier.

 

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