Since the instillation of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager of Queens Park Rangers, the club have proved to be a very mixed bag.
The Rs have exuded near enough sublime pieces of play at times under the Dutchman, though all too often have followed it up with utter capitulation.
Though the West London club look destined to finish in mid-table this season, the former Burton boss has stressed the professionalism of his players and demanded the utmost effort between now and the end of the season.
Fans have had little to shout about this, though some astute additions in the emergency loan window could lift spirits and create a sense of momentum heading into next term.
That is when the former Chelsea marksman will be judged. The kind of inconsistency dogging Hasslebaink is also seriously undermining his former manager, Steve McClaren.
The former Middlesbrough coach is entrenched in a relegation battle with Newcastle United, who are in serious danger of dropping out of the Premier League.
Despite the doom and gloom around the Toon, the ex-England boss appears to have a surplus of players who he does not trust enough to utilise, even considering his lengthy injury list. Perhaps Hasselbaink would be well advised to contact his former boss, to see if he can capitalise on some of these players to lift the mood at Loftus Road.
With that in mind, here are FIVE Newcastle players QPR should target on loan…
The £80m investment at St. James’ Park over the last two windows has seemingly pushed Yoan Gouffran out of first-team contention, despite his versatility.
The Frenchman is able to play as either a centre-forward, a winger of a defensive midfielder, though is at his best in wide areas. He was a useful member of the squad under Alan Pardew and would surely represent a palpable goal threat at Championship level.
Vurnon Anita was handed a run in the side during the opening stages of the season, though attracted a lot of criticism for his largely ineffective displays.
The arrivals of Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey, as well as the return to form of Cheick Tiote, make the central midfield area in the North East well stocked as it is.
Now he’s on his way back from injury, perhaps Anita can be afforded the chance to leave. Technically gifted, his industry in midfield would certainly give Rs fans something to shout about.
Big things were expected of Rolando Aarons this season, though the England under-20 international has suffered a nightmare spell with repeated injuries.
Unfortunately for him, his return to fitness coincided with the defensive injury crisis dogging the Magpies. He was thrust in at left-back and while looking solid enough against West Brom, was torn apart from Chelsea.
Perhaps a temporary switch away, now Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are returning from injury, can help the 2o-year old rediscover his thrillingly incisive best from the left wing.
The departure of Charlie Austin was always likely, though his goals will surely be missed. Connor Washington has been drafted in as a replacement, though a marksman of Austin’s quality is a huge loss.
It’s not really worked out well for Emmanuel Riviere since arriving on Tyneside in 2014, having struggled for both form and fitness in equal measure.
Utterly devoid of confidence it seems, perhaps the former Monaco man would flourish under the tutelage of a top class striker such as Hasselbaink.
He has the raw attributes in strength and speed, but the intense pressure around St. James’ over the past two seasons has damaged his self-belief in front of goal.
While most of the names mentioned have been further forward on the field, Toon defender Curtis Good could be a useful option in defence.
The 22-year-old Australian defender possesses decent recovery pace, which could help plug some of the gaps opened up when opposition balls are played either side of Nedum Onouha and Grant Hall.
Unable to breach the first-team under McClaren, the Socceroos international desperately needs to secure first-team football as soon as he can.