Three summer signings that will ensure Newcastle gatecrash the Top 8 next season
Rafa Benitez led Newcastle United to an impressive top-half finish on their first season back in the Premier League as they ended the 2017/18 campaign in 10th position, and the ambitious Spaniard will be aiming even higher next term.
The achievement was probably even more remarkable given they looked to be in real danger of going down in March, as well as the fact that they only scored 39 goals in their 38 top flight matches.
Considering their defence – led by captain Jamaal Lascelles – was generally solid and was only breached 47 times, it was only their lack of threat at the opposite end of the pitch that stopped the St James’ Park faithful, who have delivered their verdict on a link with an attacker who earns £135,000-a-week, celebrating an even higher finish in the standings.
It is something that Benitez may well make a priority to sort out this summer, and while it will be hugely difficult to finish above the top six clubs, if the 58-year-old gets the individuals he wants his side can definitely secure a top-eight finish and compete alongside the likes of Everton and West Ham United.
Here are three summer signings that will ensure Newcastle gatecrash the Top 8 party next season…