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How will Newcastle fare next season in the Premier League?

Posted on July 9th, 2017 | No Comments |

Rafa Benitez with Championship trophy.
Benitez: Knows where he needs to strengthen.
It is often said that no club is too big to go down and fallen giants such as Aston Villa and Leeds United are testament to that, but Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship in the 2015-16 season was unexpected, and a body blow for the Magpies’ faithful.

However, with a passionate and talented manager in charge, they bounced at the first attempt and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will once again be seen at St James’ Park next season.

But will Rafa Benitez be able to keep the club in the Promised Land?

It has been obvious there have been problems between the owner and the managers in recent years which have led to dissention in the stands and ultimately, relegation.

Brining in quality players to the club has been a serious issue and recent reports have suggested that Benitez, like many before him, is becoming frustrated at a lack of progress in this Summer’s recruitments.

Only winger, Christian Atsu, who spent last season on loan at the club, has been recruited and there was even talk of Benitez walking away if things do not improve.

With so much experience at the top level, the former Real Madrid coach knows exactly which areas he needs to strengthen for the very difficult challenge of managing in the top flight.

There may be more games in the Championship season but there’s nothing quite like the intensity of a 38 game campaign in England’s top division.

Punters who fancy a bet on Newcastle to stay up should check out Bethut’s Premier League predictions to view all the latest stats and tips beforehand.

Not much went right during the woeful relegation season, with goals hard to come by and the fans crying out for a striker who will lift the club’s spirits.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was supposed to be the saviour when he joined up in the Summer of 2015, but a return of 13 goals from 59 League games across two seasons shows where the problem lies.

Last season, the 22 year-old scored more goals in qualification for the 2018 World Cup than he did for United.

He clearly has talent but time might be running out to prove it to the long-sufferring Toon Army as the boss must surely be on the lookout for a new number nine.

Unsurprisingly, having done so little business and with pre-season now underway, the North-East giants continue to be linked with players.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Arsenal star Kieran Gibbs and Manchester City’s seemingly redundant goalkeeper Joe Hart are the latest to be mentioned, but would they really get the supporters excited?

The Newcatle United fans are some of the most passionate in football, but it can be a double-edged sword when things are not going to plan, and the vitriol on the terraces was plain to see during the disastrous relegation campaign.

The fans need to be on board with what Benitez is trying to do, and there does seem to be a lot of love for the Spaniard on Tyneside.

He now needs to deliver once again and it is up to Mike Ashley and the board to ensure the former Liverpool boss is not hamstrung by sending him out with a squad unfit for life in the Premier League.

Newcastle have a top manager who is quite capable of keeping the club in the division but he needs quality around him otherwise it will not take long before doubts both on the pitch and in the stands start to set in once again.

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