Newcastle United have had a busy January transfer window. But now their business is done, what is their strongest line-up?
The Magpies have secured five signings in the January window with Kieran Trippier joining from Atletico Madrid for £12million, Chris Wood arriving from Burnley for £25million, Bruno Guimaraes signing from Lyon for £33.3million, Matt Target making a temporary loan switch from Aston Villa and Dan Burn returning to the North East from Brighton & Hove Albion for £13million.
Eddie Howe is attempting to keep Newcastle in the Premier League after a 14 game winless start to the season. They currently sit just one point from safety with a game in hand on 17th placed Norwich City.
But with everyone fit and all five of their new signings included, what is Newcastle’s strongest starting line-up and is it good enough to guide the side to safety?
We’ve had a look and here is the team we've come up with…
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1. Bruno Guimarães - credit NUFC.JPG
Newcastle new signing Bruno Guimaraes (photo: NUFC) Photo: NUFC
2. GK: Martin Dubravka
Newcastle had been linked with a couple of goalkeepers during the window but Dubravka remains number one. Photo: Shaun Botterill
3. RB: Kieran Trippier
Newcastle's first signing of the window has immediately impressed following his arrival. Photo: PAUL ELLIS
4. CB: Federico Fernandez
Currently out injured and was out of favour under Eddie Howe but was arguably Newcastle's best centre-back prior to the transfer window opening. Fabian Schar has improved under Howe and could also be a good fit but a fully-fit Fernandez is a more dependable defensive presence than the Swiss international. Photo: OLI SCARFF