Is this the strongest XI available to Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe? (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Is this Newcastle United’s strongest starting XI after the additions of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood?

Defensive woes and injury issues mean Newcastle completed the signings of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood this month, but what is the strongest starting XI when everyone is fit?

The January transfer window has entered its final week. After a solid start to the window with two additions in its first two weeks, optimism has been tempered slightly as progress on new incomings seems to have stalled slightly.

Clubs across Europe are reluctant to do business with the Magpies this month and despite their desperation to add to their ranks, completing deals seems to be difficult for the new Newcastle United owners.

Right now, Newcastle are locked in a hotly-contested battle to survive the drop this campaign, but is their strongest XI good enough to achieve this come May?

Here, we take a look at Eddie Howe’s strongest Newcastle United starting XI:

Is this team good enough to beat the drop this season? Follow us on Twitter @MouthofTynePod and let us know there.

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Right now, Newcastle are locked in a hotly-contested battle to survive the drop this campaign, but is their strongest XI good enough to achieve this come May?

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