This summer, Newcastle United have experienced a refreshing transformation. A new head coach, a complete overhaul of the backroom staff, two very decent signings and the removal of "the best coach in the Premier League" has resuscitated a gasping Geordie fanbase who were minutes away from switching off their football life support machine.
Mike Ashley's latest big-money purchases - Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum - have hinted at much-craved ambition from the man upstairs and a warmth (that has nothing to do with the weather) has swept across Tyneside. But, just like leaving the house on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon for six pints of watered-down lager with your pals, only to find you have managed to lose your wallet somewhere along your commute, there is a slight hitch among the positives.
The club has forgotten about defenders. Remember them? They're the ones that don't tend to score very much but still perform a crucial role throughout the duration of a game of football. Not to alarm anyone, but the eery shadow of Mike Williamson still looms over the Newcastle United team-sheet.
Despite the acquisition of Anderlecht's Chancel Mbemba, it's important that the Magpies bring in at least one further centre-back to rejuvenate the entire side - without a tighter back four, the positive strides made this summer will quickly turn into another sluggish crawl.
Here, WhatCulture.com/NUFC look at 10 centre-backs who Newcastle United must sign this summer to shore up their backline...
NCTJ-accredited football writer with an MA in Sports Journalism. What Culture football editor. Write for the official Newcastle United programme. Former video reporter at North News. Featured and published in the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette, Mail Online, The Mirror, The Sun and others.