By Noel Whelan

1st Dec, 2021 | 8:30pm

Newcastle have been backed into a corner in January after source reveal today - pundit

Newcastle have been forced to rely on signing loan players in January because of their lowly league position, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it is “crucial” for the Magpies to get the right players through the door in the winter window.

Newcastle remain rock bottom of the Premier League and are the only winless side in England’s top four divisions following their 1-1 home draw against 18th-place Norwich yesterday (30 November).

Football Insider revealed last week (23 November) that the club will only make loan signings in the winter window and the latest from a Newcastle source told is that the plan is unchanged.

Initially, the club had wanted to spend big on permanent signings but there has now been a U-turn, partly because club chiefs are aware that it will be hard to lure elite-level players during a relegation battle.

Whelan insisted Newcastle are “sensible” for taking a more pragmatic approach in the winter window.

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“It’s a sensible move, and possibly the only way they can do business in January when you look at where they are in the table,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty and worry at Newcastle. They have to cover their backs by going about things sensibly.

“Loan signings are going to be crucial. They need to get the right players in who can give them that helping hand to stay in the Premier League.

“They might have identified players they really want in the long run. However, they won’t be realistic targets in a January window.”

Newcastle are six points from safety at the foot of the Premier League.

The Magpies face Burnley on Saturday (4 December) in another crucial relegation six-pointer.

In other news, some Newcastle stars will be left ‘annoyed’ by Howe’s training HQ ban.