Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has insisted the club’s January transfer window signings have given the team a much needed boost after a poor Premier League season so far.
The Magpies’ squad has been riddled with injury, with a number of key players being absent throughout the majority of the term.
But Pardew, who spoke to press following Newcastle’s 4-2 victory over Southampton, said the club’s mid-season acquisitions have made the difference and will enable them to push on and improve their position in the table.
“Six weeks ago we wouldn’t have won that game,” admitted the Newcastle boss.
“Losing Demba Ba, losing Yohan Cabaye, losing Steven Taylor and playing a lot of the season without Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote, it takes its toll.
“At this level you need your best players on the pitch, and we have that now. We’ve come on recently and we needed to.
“We have 30 points, we’re three points off 10th, we’re in the Europa League and we’re looking good in it and suddenly our season is turning.
“There’s a different feel to the club now and everybody’s contributed.
"If we didn’t have the financial input from [club owner] Mike Ashley we wouldn’t be in this position, and we needed it."