Barring a shock capitulation that would go down as the biggest failing of Rafa Benitez’s managerial career, Newcastle are set to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, still setting the pace in the Championship with just eight games to go until the end of the season.
But gaining promotion from the second tier is the easy bit; the real test for Bentiez and his expensively-assembled squad is how well they’ll cope when they’re back in the Premier League. Will they make a real fist of the top flight, or slump back into the Championship with a whimper?
Strengthening is essential this summer and although most Magpies fans would prefer to look upward than downwards, Benitez could do a lot worse than bringing a few stars from Newcastle’s Championship rivals with him to the Premier League.
After all, Leicester City assembled the majority of their top-flight-winning squad when they were in the Championship, which is the most lucrative, most watched and highest-quality second tier in world football.
So, Newcastle fans, which Championship stars should Benitez swoop for this summer? Let us know by voting below, giving each player a simple thumbs up or thumbs down.