Newcastle United are seeking an immediate return to the Premier League and, based on the first few months of the season, they are well on course to achieve that.
The Magpies have won five games on the spin in the Sky Bet Championship to sit top of the division, three points clear of Brighton and Huddersfield Town.
They have picked up ten wins from their first 14 league games and netted a league-high 30 goals, 11 of which have come from summer signing Dwight Gayle.
Rafa Benitez’ side continued their excellent run with a 6-0 hammering of Preston in the League Cup on Tuesday night, which should stand them in good stead going into their league meeting with Simon Grayson’s side on Saturday.
Nevertheless, the Magpies are still looking to bolster their options when the transfer window reopens in January, and speculation is building about who Benitez may add to his squad in the New Year.
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