It may not be the completely convincing promotion bid many anticipated last summer, but Newcastle are well on course to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The Magpies are still setting the pace in the Championship with just seven games remaining, currently one point ahead of second-place Brighton and a whopping ten clear of the playoff positions.
Although you can’t take anything for granted in English football, Newcastle are about as solid a bet as it gets in regards to the second-tier promotion race this season.
But what happens when the Magpies return to the top flight, having struggled so repeatedly during their final few years in the Premier League?
Whilst they already have some stars in place for their Premier League campaign, well proven at that level, others aren’t quite so convincing – and could well end up being the reason why Newcastle are back in the Championship in time for 2018/19.
Football FanCast’s Tom Skinner takes a look…
So, Newcastle fans, do you agree with Tom Skinner’s picks? Will they keep Newcastle up or push them back down? Do Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley need to get rid this summer? Let us know by commenting below!