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).

Karl Darlow

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.

Daryl Janmaat

Sold to Watford in August 2016.

Paul Dummett

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.

Steven Taylor

Released by Newcastle in June 2016.

Chancel Mbemba

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.

Jack Colback

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.

Cheick Tiote

Sold to Beijing Enterprises FC in February 2017.

Andros Townsend

Sold to Crystal Palace in July 2016.

Moussa Sissoko

Sold to Tottenham in August 2016.

Gini Wijnaldum

Sold to Liverpool in July 2016.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

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.

Substitutes

Freddie Woodman

Yet to make first team debut for Newcastle and the 20 year will almost certainly be sent out on loan this season.

Jamie Sterry

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.

Ayoze Perez

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.

Rolando Aarons

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.

Jonjo Shelvey

Looks nailed on to be first choice in Premier League.

Papiss Cisse

Sold to Shandong Luneng July 2016.

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  • Jimblag23

    So there’s actually 5 and the author is guessing that we’ll have a completely different team.

    • Damon Horner

      agreed. Fully subjective. Right now I see two of those starting and another four/five depending on injuries, fitness and Rafa.

  • Wor Lass

    Re Dummett: ” …. 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.”

    What a mealy-mouthed attitude, Jack. there were plenty of decent wingers but none of them took him to the cleaners. I particularly remember Knockaert was going to give him a pasting according to the Mag but he ended up getting subbed. He`s not great going forward – far too fond of squaring it or knocking it back – but he`s a decent player and the Mag needs to get off his back for a change.

    • Peter C

      Dummett gets far to much stick, not a world beater by any means, but a decent player, who gives his all. I would like to see him play at centre half, as I believe this would suit him better.