It is Newcastle v Tottenham on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 season.
The fixture released on Wednesday morning and fans now full of anticipation for the campaign ahead.
It will be only 15 short months since that memorable 5-1 demolition of Premier League runners-up Spurs BUT the visitors could see a completely different opposition.
Seven of the 18 have already left the club and many more look set to follow.
Only two of the 18 NUFC players from the Newcastle v Tottenham match on Sunday 15 May 2016 ended the Championship as sure fire first teamers and only Jonjo Shelvey (who was only a sub back in May 2016) looks sure to start when Spurs come to St James Park on Saturday 12 August (TV changes yet to be announced).
Did well once getting his chance and started 34 of the 46 Championship matches. However, Rafa benitez dropped him after a few nervy games, with Rob Elliot playing the final three games after recovering from long-term injury. Rafa doesn’t seem to rate Darlow as a Premier League keeper and media claims he is up for sale, will only be cover if he stays.
Sold to Watford in August 2016.
The steady Eddie for Newcastle last season, performing well in the Championship where he wasn’t put under as much pressure and not many teams having wingers with pace/tricks to trouble him. Looks set to stay but many fans hoping/expecting a new first choice left-back will be brought in, with Dummett able to cover there and centre-back.
Released by Newcastle in June 2016.
Left out after a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves, Mbemba only started one Championship match in six and a half months, until late on he played a handful of games due to injuries. Difficult to see him being first choice next season and almost certainly up for sale.
With Isaac Hayden generally preferred last season and Colback struggling even with the pace of the Championship, if the former Sunderland midfielder stays at St James Park it will surely only be as cover.
Sold to Beijing Enterprises FC in February 2017.
Sold to Crystal Palace in July 2016.
Sold to Tottenham in August 2016.
Sold to Liverpool in July 2016.
Only given 11 starts in the second tier and definitely looks to be moving on, whether on lona or permanent deal remains to be seen. The striker himself has admitted in recent days that there has been interest from clubs and that if a move is right for both the club and him, he could move on.
Yet to make first team debut for Newcastle and the 20 year will almost certainly be sent out on loan this season.
Yet to start a Premier League game for Newcastle, his only PL action being six minutes as a sub in this 5-1 win over Spurs in May 2016. Only getting 10 minutes of Championship football as a sub last season, the 21 year old defender look certain to be sold or sent out on loan.
Siem de Jong
After struggling to get a regular game in the weak Dutch league last season on loan at PSV, looks clear there is no space for him in Rafa’s Premier League plans.
Looks set to stay and be in this upcoming season’s squad, though having failed to hold down a regular spot in the Championship, it is expected Perez won’t be amongst Rafa’s first choice 11.
Has shown a little bit of promise in very few games, would be massive surprise to see him starting in the first match, or even on the bench. A pending court case for violent disorder not helping matters.
Looks nailed on to be first choice in Premier League.
Sold to Shandong Luneng July 2016.
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