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Season Preview: Newcastle United

Newcastle epitomised the term ‘mid-table’ last season, and thats a tag they’d like to get away from as soon as possible. It was only a couple of seasons ago when they were knocking on the door for a Champions League spot at one point, with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse firing in the goals for fun. A lot has changed since, and they were a one-man team last season with Loic Remy doing all the damage.

This year will be different though, they’ve made some superb acquisitions and I fully expect them to be pushing for a spot in Europe.

Key Player: This is a tough decision, but I’ll go for Hatem Ben Arfa. The skilled Frenchman has had an injury-hit spell on Tyneside, meaning he hasn’t been able to show off his full potential on a consistent basis. When he’s on his A-game, there aren’t many better in his position though. He has it all, pace, trickery and a rocket of a shot.

Transfers In:

Remy Cabella – Undisclosed (Montpellier)
Jack Colback – Free transfer (Sunderland)
Facundo Ferreyra – Loan (Shakhtar)
Daryl Janmaat – £6million (Feyenoord)
Siem De Jong – £6million (Ajax)
Jamaal Lascalles – Undisclosed (Nottingham Forest)
Ayoze Perez – Undisclosed (Tenerife)
Emmanuel Riviere – Undisclosed (Monaco)

Transfers Out:

Shola Ameobi – Released (Unassigned)
Romain Amalfitano – Released (Dijon)
Mathieu Debuchy – £12million (Arsenal)
Dan Gosling – Free transfer (Bournemouth)
Sylvain Marveaux – Loan (Guingamp)
James Tavernier – Undisclosed (Wigan)

Last season’s Premier League finish: 7th
Predicted League Finish: 10th

Newcastle have made some very good signings this summer, and they could yet add more bodies to their squad. I particularly like the move for Remy Cabella, who’s a very clever midfielder. Alan Pardew has been at the helm for quite a while now, and the squad seem to believe and trust in his methods. They have a good enough squad to make a decent run in one of the cup competitions too.

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About Jordan Street

My names Jordan Street, and i'm a 22-year old sports writer based in Manchester. I set up the Football Faithful to bring football fans around the world the latest news, transfer rumours and gossip as quickly and accurately as possible.

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