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Sissoko drills home the winner against Chelsea
One of the biggest failures of Newcastle's season happened before it began. The summer of 2012 was filled with speculation surrounding potential arrivals at St James' Park, although almost all of them proved to be false, with only one new player coming in.
That player was Vurnon Anita, who took time to settle into his new club after a £7m move from Ajax and was unable to cement a first-team place.
When the January transfer window arrived, it provided Newcastle with a chance to rectify their mistakes and Alan Pardew seized the opportunity by signing five new players, four of which were first-team regulars for the rest of the season.
Moussa Sissoko made an instant impact, scoring on his home debut before firing a winner in Newcastle's 3-2 win over Chelsea. Yoan Gouffran also chipped in with three goals and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played regularly in defence.
The signings were undoubtedly the turning point in Newcastle's season and left Toon fans wondering what their season might have been like had they signed the same players six months earlier.
They would surely have provided the strength in depth that the Magpies seriously lacked in the first half of the season, as well as the quality that was also missing from Newcastle's play.
Pardew and co. have learned from their mistakes though and shouldn't be found guilty of the same mistake again, as the Newcastle hierachy look to strengthen again this summer.