After being relegated from the Premier League, Newcastle were immediately tipped as favourites to be at the Championship summit come May.
The Magpies got off to a sluggish start, but it didn’t take them long to find their feet, and they soon established themselves at the top of the table.
The Newcastle board stuck by Rafa Benitez and the Spaniard is repaying their faith in him.
Newcastle have opened up a seven point gap to third placed Leeds United and they look well placed to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
The summer signing of Dwight Gayle has proved to be a huge success for the Magpies.
Gayle has netted 20 goals for Newcastle this season, becoming the first player to do so since Alan Shearer 2003/04.
Benitez will undoubtedly be looking to bring in reinforcements this month to try and seal their immediate return to the Premier League.
However, the nature of bringing players in means that some players must leave.
Here, I will look at three players who’d be best off leaving St James’ Park this month…