Our old mate Michael Owen has given his view on the coming season.

On the last day of this month it will be exactly ten years since the one-time England star signed on at St James Park for a club record £16m fee.

Owen points out the change of direction for Mike Ashley in paying relatively big money for the three signings (Wijnaldum became NUFC’s 3rd biggest signing at £14.5m and Mitrovic the 4th at £12.5m) – but are they enough?

The former United striker and sickbed occupant thinks so, believing Newcastle could return to the top half of the table this season.

Michael Owen thinks Steve McClaren is the right person for Newcastle and rates him one of the best coaches that he has been involved with.

Writing in his Colossus bets column, Michael Owen:

“I am not sure Claudio Ranieri’s appointment at Leicester is the right one to be honest. Nigel Pearson may have had his faults but he did work miracles to get that side to 14th last season – but I do think Steve McClaren could do well at Newcastle.

“I do like him as a manager, he is one of the best coaches I worked with in my career, and Newcastle have paid big money for three players in the summer.

“I wouldn’t rule out a top 10 placing for my old club.”

You can read Stan Collymore’s prediction here and also that of Robbie Savage here.