EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Newcastle United

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EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Newcastle United

The Manager: Rafa Benitez
Newcastle's most valuable asset. The well respected and successful Benitez proved he is still one of the top coaches in the game when taking this Newcastle squad - which is devoid of real star quality - to  a solid tenth place finish in the Premier League last season. An expert in making the most of what he has at his disposal, Rafa will likely have to be at his very best once again this season.

The Squad:
Having done so well last season, it was anticipated that Newcastle would be prime movers in the transfer market. Once again though that has proved not to be the case as the club have failed to acquire their key targets.
It hasn't all been doom and gloom though. Two of the big successes from last season have returned, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on a permanent basis, and winger Kenedy on another loan deal from Chelsea. Getting Ki Sung-Yueng on a free from Swansea is a deal with no real downside. Yoshinori Muto meanwhile brings something a little different in the attacking third, although a real goal getter still looks desperately needed.
The signing of Fabian Schar also looks a good bit of business but has largely been overshadowed by the cruciate knee injury that will keep out fellow centre back Florian Lejeune for the bulk of the season.

Star Man: Jonjo Shelvey
In terms of long range passing, there isn't a better player in the league. For a side who often find themselves defending for a large proportion of a game, Shelvey's ability t quickly turn defence into attack can be key. Unlucky not to make it to the World Cup over the summer, if Shelvey can add a few more goals to his game, he is the type of player who could help take Newcastle to the next level.

Newcastle certainly don't look to have been weakened over the summer. The only problem is a number of their rivals do look to have potentially improved past them. The loss of the impressive Florian Lejeune and failure to sign a goal scorer may prove telling and - unless anything changes in the remaining days of the transfer window - the Magpies look like struggling this season.

Premier League Prediction: 15th

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