Rafa Benitez’s decision to stay on at Newcastle United was met with widespread delight by the Magpies faithful.
The Spaniard was unable to save the Magpies from relegation last season, but Newcastle fans were generally thrilled that the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager had committed to trying to get the club back into the Premier League.
And, 15 games into the Sky Bet Championship season, it’s looking good for Magpies fans.
Their side are top of the division having won 11 of their opening 15 league games – the latest of which a 2-1 success at Preston on Saturday.
They have won six games on the spin in the league, and have a three point lead over second place Brighton.
Add in their run to the League Cup quarter-finals, where they will fancy their chances away at top-flight strugglers Hull, and Newcastle fans have had an awful lot more to cheer this season compared to last.
However, Benitez may still feel that he needs to add more quality to his squad so they can sustain their march back to the Premier League all the way until May.
Thus, here are THREE midfielders he should look to sign in January…