NEWCASTLE United can’t buy a win at the minute.
And the question on every supporter’s mind is whether the club is ready to buy its way out of a worrying slump.
Christmas came early for West Bromwich Albion, 3-2 winners at St James’s Park last night.
The club’s success this season has been built on defensive resilience, but a previously rock solid defence has been rocking recent weeks.
And at least one defender is a must in next month’s transfer window, not to mention a striker.
Alan Pardew’s side were in unusually charitable mood on an unseasonably mild night - and West Bromwich Albion were only too happy to unwrap their gifts.
The influence of Yohan Cabaye, always capable of a telling pass, and more than willing to put his foot in, was missed in a few scrappy exchanges, while Roy Hodgson’s side, and Peter Odemwingie in particular, were dangerous on the break.
Read Miles Starforth’s match report, plus more match reaction, in today’s Sportmail.