Newcastle, like several clubs seemed to do this window, managed to strengthen all of their squad apart from the weakest area.
The Magpies are clearly a defensively weak squad, but McClaren decided it would make sense to invest all of his money in reinforcing the midfield and attacking options in the squad.
Seydou Doumbia was the Magpies biggest addition, in terms of European-wide reputation, in this window and the ex-CSKA Moscow forward has joined the club on loan until the end of the campaign.
Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez have both struggled to regularly find the net and with the assistance of Wijnaldum, Townsend and Sissoko, the St James’ Park faithful will hope that this striker can give their squad an extra threat in the final third.
Where other managers might have added some defensive backup options, there is almost something to admire about McClaren trying to just out score the opponents.
Here are FIVE things you might not know about Doumbia..
Unlike Mitrovic, Doumbia is absolutely rapid.
A FIFA star for many editions of the game, this striker will cause endless problems running off the shoulder of defenders.
As quite a journeyman star, Doumbia really made his name in the Swiss League with Young Boys.
The African striker lit the league up and he bagged 57 goals in just 78 appearances.
Whilst winning almost everything there is to win in Russia, Doumbia picked up the Russian Player of the Year award in December 2011.
CSKA Moscow had a period of dominance and their striker’s relentless goal scoring was pivotal.
There will be those of you that claim Doumbia is just a flat-track bully, unfortunately this won’t wash.
The Ivorian has netted 16 goals in a mere 23 CL appearances.
One thing about a player that has moved so often, and succeeded, is that they can clearly adapt to moving homes, changing lifestyles and living in different cultures.