Without Loic Remy in their side, the Magpies looked lightweight in attack, while the input of a creative, attacking midfielder was sorely lacking for Alan Pardew’s men.
With just nine games to play until the end of the campaign, it is hoped the powers that be at St. James’ Park will strengthen early this summer as they prepare for next season.
So as another round of fixtures passes by, Bleacher Report takes a look at the latest names being linked with a move to the North East, as well as those rumoured to be nearing the exit.
Last updated: Mar. 19, 3:00 p.m. GMT