Former Southampton star and current Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier has named a quartet of Newcastle United stars who he believes must be replaced to secure their Premier League safety.
The Magpies are currently sitting 13th in the top flight, with Ayoze Perez’s goal securing a 1-0 win away to fellow relegation rivals Stoke City on Monday, now four points off the drop zone.
However, despite victory securing a double over the Potters after a 2-1 win earlier in the season, Le Tissier says that the club must be looking to bring in reinforcements for two specific positions during the January transfer window, all of who have been handed regular first team action by manager Rafael Benitez.
He has blasted the displays of strikers Dwight Gayle and Joselu, who have netted just three goals each this season, while he says a top choice goalkeeper, with Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow having swapped in and out, must be another priority.
Writing in a column for Sky Sports’ website, he said: “I think they need a centre-forward as Joselu hasn’t really done it and Dwight Gayle is a bit hit and miss, and then, like a few sides, they need more contributions from midfield.
“Their top goalscorers have three goals after 20 games, which is just shocking.
“Then a top-drawer goalkeeper would help, no disrespect to Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow.
“If Rafael Benitez gets those reinforcements he needs then you would back him to keep them in the Premier League but they are in trouble otherwise.”
Gayle has netted his three goals in just 10 Premier League starts this season, with another nine substitute appearances, while his Spanish counterpart has the same number of goals from 17 outings in the starting XI.
However neither started Saturday’s win at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday, Ayoze Perez handed the role up front and taking his chance with a well struck finish.
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