Newcastle United 2017/18

Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, is far from the most popular man in Britain. He has come under criticism for many aspects of his career but for all the things that have been levelled at him, his is not a stupid man.

Ashley knew that he had to do everything in his power to ensure that Newcastle bounced straight back from their relegation and the Magpies went into the start of last season with the strongest squad in the Championship.

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Along with the masses of experience and quality that Rafa Benitez brings to the table, Newcastle were always going to be in the hunt for automatic promotion and they went all the way by winning the league.

This season, however, they’ll be focussing very much on the opposite end of the table.

A squad that looked so strong just 12 months ago now looks short of the sort of quality required to remain in the top flight. That’s not missed the attention of Benitez who has been making noises to the press about the need for reinforcements.

An unhappy Benitez is not what anybody at the club wants but it remains to be seen whether he gets his wish and brings in more players before the end of the transfer window.

If he has to go to war with what he’s got until January, Newcastle may cement their status as a yo-yo club.

Squad List

  • Rob Elliot
  • Tim Krul
  • Karl Darlow
  • Matz Sels
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Paul Dummett
  • Grant Hanley
  • Jamaal Lascelles
  • Achraf Lazaar
  • Isaac Hayden
  • Chancel Mbemba
  • Massaido Haidara
  • DeAndre Yedlin
  • Jesus Gamez
  • Curtis Good
  • Jamie Sterry
  • Javi Manquillo
  • Florian Lejeune
  • Josef Yarney
  • Stefan O’Connor
  • Jack Colback
  • Siem de Jong
  • Matt Ritchie
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Mohamed Diame
  • Rolando Aarons
  • Christian Atsu
  • Jacob Murphy
  • Mikel Merino
  • Dwight Gayle
  • Ayoze Perez
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • Ivan Toney

Season Predictions

Everything at Newcastle is set up for a massive club. The stadium, the training ground, the fans. It’s just the playing staff (and perhaps the ownership) which needs to be improved.

The passionate Toon Army will be hoping against hope that last season’s promotion can be the start of bigger and better things for the club. The reality may be very different.

Newcastle are going to have to batten down the hatches and keep working hard even when they find form hard to come by. They will do very well to avoid being involved in the relegation battle but may just find three sides worse than them come May.

One of Benitez’s big concerns is that he hasn’t got a reliable goalscorer. Alexsandar Mitrovic is undoubtedly talented but can he be relied on? Dwight Gayle scored plenty in the Championship but this is a big step up.

The man who could prove to be most effective going forwards for the Magpies is the diminutive Ayoze Perez.

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Newcastle to finish above Stoke at 6/5 with Ladbrokes

Newcastle to finish with between 41 – 43 points at 4/1 with Bet365

Ayoze Perez to be Newcastle’s top goalscorer at 6/1 with Coral