New Player Depends On Ashley 'Liking Him'!

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Do you hold any faith it'll finish as a positive window?

Lee Ryder: "It depends what you class as positive. I think scraping a couple of loan deals from Europe over the line could be the best we could hope for as it stands on January 11. Newcastle say they do have money available to buy players but it has to be the right player in the eyes of the men who sanction the sale. And there starts the conundrum which Benitez finds himself in on a daily basis - what is the right type of player in the eyes of Mike Ashley?"

Chris Waugh: "It depends how you define 'positive'. Do I think Newcastle will make three or more permanent signings this month and significantly bolster their squad in terms of quality? I'm afraid not, no. I'm still sceptical of the claims behind the scenes that the money, and more importantly the willingness, is there for the club to break their transfer record for the "right player" this month. The funds should be there given United's recent frugal expenditure, but genuine will to do so is another matter entirely.

"Unfortunately I foresee a similar window to last January; late loan signings will arrive from the Continent, given that no further domestic temporary deals can be completed, and that will merely paper over some of the cracks in the squad. Genuine quality is difficult to find as far as loans go, and so I personally would not consider a few temporary deals as a "positive window" - unless the Magpies really do surprise me with the identity of the players they do attract."

Andrew Musgrove: "I think it depends on more than just the window. If United are in the bottom three or just above it, and only bring in a loan signing then that really can't be classed as positive. In-fact if there are no cash signings, and there have only been three in the last five winter windows - and none in the previous two under Benitez, then it will not have been a good window in my view.

"This is about the board showing they trust Benitez, by not delivering on his targets, I feel the inevitable long goodbye will only be hastened."