Why Newcastle must strengthen this area or face relegation

It is clear that the January transfer window has different levels of importance to respective Premier League teams, with it serving as a potential lifeline for some at the bottom of the table.

Newcastle United have clearly identified this and as such have already started to splash the cash in recent weeks, giving them a better chance of staying up and meaning you should take advantage of the great bonus code for this bookmaker.

The Tyneside outfit’s midfield options have been bolstered by the arrivals of Henri Saviet and Jonjo Shelvey respectively, who will offer boss Steve McClaren more of a chance to rotate his pack in the centre of the park.

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This will be welcome for the St James’ Park side, who have seen their team overrun in the boiler room on repeated occasion despite the industry of Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita.

However, most of the club’s fans will hope that the duo’s arrivals will not be the last before the window slams shut at the end of the month. There is a real case to suggest that if Newcastle do not strengthen their options up front, relegation seems almost like an inevitability – despite the bolstering of other areas of the team.

Despite the Tyneside outfit putting in a plucky performance to draw 3-3 with Manchester United in midweek, this breaks a run of four games in all competitions without a goal.

On paper Newcastle have players in their attacking line-up that should have the required firepower to keep the club in the top flight, but something has been missing in recent weeks that suggests an  extra option is needed.

Papiss Cisse is currently on the treatment table and despite news coming out of the club that his injury is not as serious as initially expected, the Senegalese has had an inconsistent season.

The African centre forward does not look like the same striker that blitzed English football upon his arrival in the Premier League in January 2012, with just two strikes this season to date.

With Cisse unavailable, big-money summer recruit Aleksandar Mitrovic has been reinstated to the team and slowly but steadily seems to be getting to grips with the task at hand.

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The 21-year-old arrived at Newcastle with a burgeoning reputation but the step-up from playing in the Belgian league has been noticeable.

Although the Serb sharpshooter has all the attributes to be a star for the club in the medium term, relying on Mitrovic to be the man to fire the club out of relegation danger this season would surely leave most of the Newcastle fans feeling slightly uneasy.

Ayoze Perez continues to show glimpses of brilliance and will surely be an important player for the club in their quest for survival.

Getting the diminutive Spaniard into the team on a regular basis and supplying him with chances is required, with the former Tenerife attacker looking like a more menacing supporting-striker option than the misfiring Siem De Jong.

However, if a striker of proven quality emerges as available, Newcastle would be best advised to splash out on him – it could be the difference between moving up the table or a nervy scrap that goes down to the wire. If they don’t, relegation is firmly on the cards and you’d be well advised to visit Ladbrokes and take advantage of the great bonus code for this bookmaker, betting on the Magpies to succumb to the drop.