English Premier League:Newcastle United 2017/18 season preview:
Bouncing straight back from relegation and returning to the Premier League, where they spent have spent every season except two since the league’s inauguration in 1992. Both times Newcastle were relegated, they won the Championship and came straight back up.Newcastle proved strong in their bid to keep Rafa Benitez after relegation, and he delivered on his promise to get them back to the top flight. Now, staying there will be another battle altogether.
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Squad:

Goalkeeper: Rob Elliot, Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Matz Seals.

Karl Dawson started most of the games for the and kept 13 clean sheets as Tim Krul was loaned out the whole season.Probably Tim Krul will start as the first choice keeper and Karl Dawson may play a role of a backup.

Defenders:Ciaran Clark,Paul Dummett,Grant Hanley,Jamaal Lascelles,Achraf Lazaar,Issac Hayden,Chancel Mbemba,Massadio Haidara,DeAndre Yedlin,Jesus Gamez,Curtis Good,Jamie Sterry,Stefan O’Connor,Florian Lejeune,Javi Manquillo,Josef Yarney.

Fans would be looking forward to a similar performance from Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Jammal Lascelles and DeAndre Yedlin.Ciaran Clark was on top of his game, he even scored 3 goals.Javi Manquillo would play an important role at the back but the former Atletico Madrid man will take the time to adjust to the English conditions.

Midfielders: Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy, Mikel Merino.

There is still Premier League quality in the squad and the likes of Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey will have a huge part to play if Newcastle is to establish themselves in the top tier once more.New signing Jacob Murphy was bought from Norwich for £12m and should prove his worth in the PL.Rafa also signed Atsu on a permanent basis from Chelsea for £6.2m to strengthen the midfield.

Forwards: Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Adam Ivan Toney.

Dwight Gayle played the most important role in the promotion of Newcastle United.He scored 23 goals in the Championship and topped the chart.Mitrovic who just scored 4 goals in the championship last season has finally found his form in the pre-season while Ayoze Perez who scored 9 and created 6 looks out of form in the pre-season.

Probable Starting XI: Elliott-Yedlin-Lascelles-Lejeune-Dummett-ShelveyRitchie-Perez-Murphy-Gayle-Mitrovic

Manager Profile:Rafa Benitez

 

Rafa Benitez is as experienced as they come for newly promoted sides. He is the only manager in history to have won the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup, and Super Cup titles, and he has Newcastle in good hands. While he fell from grace at Napoli and Real Madrid, taking charge of Newcastle in a completely different situation. Back in the Premier League for a full season for the first time since 2010, Benitez has a quality squad to work with as Newcastle looks to continue its slow build back up.

Players to watch Out

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The 22-year-old Spaniard can both create and score, and he racked up 12 goals and 7 assists in total last season in the Championship despite playing several fewer minutes than leading creators Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey.Perez will be a critical part of this Newcastle squad, and he’ll need to blossom this time around after misfiring in his first go at the Premier League campaign the Magpies relegation season.
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