This time last year, there was doom and gloom around Newcastle United after the Magpies had been relegated from the Premier League to the second tier.
Rafael Benitez has led the club back into the top flight at the first time of asking, however, after landing the Championship title during the 2016-17 campaign.
Benitez is expected to be given as much as £100m to spend in this summer’s transfer window, and it would be fair to say that there is a feel-good factor around the club once again.
On Monday afternoon, Newcastle’s official Twitter account posted a message detailing that the new Premier League campaign would kick off in 82 days, and the response from the club’s supporters again showed the excitement surrounding the team.
Indeed, one fan even predicted that Newcastle could finish in the top three at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign. That will be tough, but there is every reason for the club’s supporters to be excited ahead of the August kickoff.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 22, 2017
— Joe Stewart (@p33jst) May 22, 2017
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— Carla Devine (@CarlaDevine1) May 22, 2017
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— Mark Paterson (@MarkPat1892) May 22, 2017