Newcastle United may have been on the wrong end of a 4-0 hiding away to Arsenal over the weekend in the Premier League, but that was due to a disastrous second-half display and they were the better in the first period.
The Magpies were unbeaten in eight across all competitions before the setback and it’s certainly no time to panic.
Steve Bruce’s side can instead look towards some positive January additions that all featured against Arsenal and Valentino Lazaro caught the eye at right wing-back.
The 23-year-old Austrian did struggle defensively in the second-half and playing for longer at St James’ Park should help improve that side of his game, but the attacking intent to his game was a breath of fresh air for the team.
He made a number of brilliant runs down the flank to join in with attacks, as well as being a threat from set-pieces.
Lazaro, who joined in January on loan from Inter Milan, has bags of potential and made a great impression during his first Newcastle start.
Newcastle have been crying out for more creative flair for a long time and there is a chance they may be about to stumble on a new-look combination.
With Lazaro potentially a major addition for the rest of the season as an attacking wing-back, he could be ideal slotted in behind teammate Miguel Almiron.
Almiron, 26, had one of his quieter games at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend as he was deployed on the right flank.
But the speed machine has shown he can be a real threat when he gets going and loves to cut onto his favoured left foot when used on the right.
Newcastle could discover a Lazaro-Almiron partnership may be something to really work on moving forward, with the defender making overlapping runs and the attacker drifting into a central channel.