In the January window, Newcastle completed the three loan signings of Nabil Bentaleb from Schalke, Valentino Lazaro from Inter Milan and Danny Rose from Tottenham Hotspur. Although Bentaleb and Lazaro's positions in right wing-back and centre midfield were not ones that needed strengthening they still appeared to be good additions to the squad. Now that we have seen a few appearances from them I am going to assess whether they need to be here and whether they want to be here.
The reverse fixture at St. James' Park earlier in the season saw Miguel Almiron open his goalscoring account for Newcastle just before Christmas. Crystal Palace are not in the best of form at the moment however, from a Newcastle perspective, the biggest question is whether they can score a goal. Judging by those factors, a boring goalless draw could well be on the cards, a potential repeat of this fixture last season. Selhurst Park has not been a happy place for Newcastle to