Newcastle United’s slip in recent weeks has opened the door for the rest of the title-chasing sides to put pressure on Rafael Benitez’ side at the top of the Championship, and it’s set to mark a fierce second-half of the season.
Having won seven consecutive matches in a row, and looking like a sure bet for the title, Benitez’ side have now suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions and have seen Brighton cut the deficit to just one-point at the top of the pile.
The competitive nature of the Championship means that nothing can ever be taken for granted and Benitez will have learned that lesson, with the Spaniard now looking at January recruits which can bolster his side for the promotion push and also establish the Magpies as a capable side for their return to the Premier League.
One man on Benitez’ shortlist is Rangers midfielder Josh Windass and he’d prove to be a shrewd acquisition, which would make Newcastle’s midfield look extremely threatening.
Here’s how the Magpies could line-up with Windass amongst their ranks…..