Eddie Howe says that Newcastle United can't get obsessed with talk of January business.

The head coach insists he must work with the players he has at his disposal and focus on the games between now and January 1 before the annual narrative of incoming deals begins on Tyneside.

Newcastle have been linked with a host of names so far, but Howe is eager to look no further than the clash against Norwich.

Howe, speaking at his morning press conference to preview the Norwich game, said: "I think we have half an eye on January.

"That works for me regardless of what time a year it is.

"I think you are always looking at how you can evolve your team and squad.

"Trust me when I say my main focus is on the players we have in the building now, in the next game and the games beyond.

"I am working extremely hard to help them deliver the best performances and that is the best use of my time at this moment."

Howe said he is still encouraged by the first two games of his stint as boss despite picking up just one point from an available six against Brentford and Arsenal.

Howe said: "I think going back to the last home game the amount of chances we created, over 20 shots, I thought we looked a really good attacking threat.

"Yes there were moments the other way that were not so stable.

"But I saw enough from us as an attacking side that we can create and score goals, I saw the same at Arsenal to be honest.

"I wouldn't say we created really clear-cut chances but we created enough in the game at a really tough opponent to know we will be in games from an attacking perspective.

"We have to obviously improve the other side of our game, the defending side and that's everybody connected with the team not just any group of players but we saw Martin Dubravka return and he played really well.

"There were positive signs in defeat.

"We know we can't keep saying that we have to turn these small margins that are costing us games the other way.

"I am sure we can do it."

Six points would mean everything to Howe and his coaching team against Norwich and Burnley.

Howe said: "We were aware of how important these games are but it is a dangerous thing to look too far ahead.

"Firstly my priority is training today after this press conference.

"Then of course the game tomorrow.

"It's always a step by step process, the minute you start looking too far ahead you can take your eye off the priorities.

"And the priority now is the players and preparing them the best we can for the next game."

When asked on the task of staying up, Howe said: "I still believe we can achieve our aim this season.

"But certainly we have to start winning to justify that belief."