Newcastle United’s promotion charge has slowed a bit over recent weeks as a few slip-ups have allowed Brighton and Hove Albion to leapfrog the Magpies and reach the summit of the second tier.

The disappointing 1-0 loss to relegation candidates Blackburn Rovers allowed Brighton to clamber above them and the Seagulls could pull 5 points clear if they win their game in hand.

And Reading have also majorly narrowed the gap on Newcastle with the third placed Royals able to move to within 3 points of Benitez’s men if they win their game in hand.

Promotion must be the goal for Newcastle and Benitez will be slightly concerned about the recent blips in their otherwise impeccable season.

This may force his hand in the upcoming January transfer window and therefore he needs to get some deals over the line sooner rather than later.

Here are 2 transfers that Benitez needs to seal this week.