Nabil Bentaleb became Newcastle United’s 11th January loan signing in the last 13 years this week – and he’s unlikely to be the last.
The Algerian was Steve Bruce’s first winter window signing with the manager eyeing at least another one or two between now and the end of next week.
Here Tom Simmonds takes a look at how the previous ten players to have been brought in on loan during the winter window have fared during their time on Tyneside.
5. Seydou Doumbia - January 2016
Brought in by Steve McClaren, it was hoped he’d bring goals to a misfiring side. Yet the Ivorian played just 29 minutes in a Newcastle shirt failing to score ending the season with relegation. Verdict: 1/10 Photo: Clive Mason
6. Luuk de Jong - January 2014
Having struggled in the Bundesliga, a move to Newcastle could’ve been what he needed. He joined Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi in the attack.
De Jong was used as a number 10, and it was clear he wasn’t suited to his new role. After 12 goalless games he returned to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Verdict: 2/10 Photo: Jan Kruger
7. Stephen Ireland - January 2011
Having struggled at Aston Villa he joined the Magpies despite being injured at the time. Injuries and off field incidents ensured it was 19th April before he made his debut.
He appeared just twice before another injury ruled him out for the season and he was returned to Aston Villa. Verdict: 1/10 Photo: PAUL ELLIS
8. Fitz Hall - January 2010
Hall made a good start as he was impressive on debut against Cardiff City. But a hamstring injury in March meant he was kept out until 19 April when he returned to play as Newcastle were confirmed as Championship winners. The loan deal wasn’t made permanent.
Verdict: 6/10 Photo: Stu Forster