Last season showed us that this is a pretty good side who are capable of competing with the best. With some luck they can be successful. Come on lads, I am not getting any younger.

Expectations?
Simply to always expect the unexpected. In the last few years I didn’t see  relegation or a top five finish coming, so I genuinely have no idea what’s in store. This being Newcastle, having raised the bar so high last season, we will probably slip back…so 8th

Champions League or Trophy?
If you are a young lad who  enjoys listening to the likes of  Tiny Template and Spiny Rascal  you may think differently but if you have spent 40 years of your life watching this club win absolutely nothing  (bar the Anglo Italian and Texaco cup of course) this is a very simple question to answer. All I ask is to see them win something before I die. Champions League group stages or Colo raising the League cup at Wembley? No contest for me

Success?
Top Four would be remarkable but now that we have reached the stage where Arsenal are a feeder club for the Manchester clubs,  ong runs in all three cups is a more realistic goal. My head tells me to calm down because why should this year be any different to all the others that have gone before but you just don’t know. That’s why 50 thousand continue to turn up each week. Then again, knowing our luck, come next May, if  we were three goals up with one minute left in the Europa league Final, the Vogons will come along and destroy the planet  to make way for an intergalactic highway!

Important Players
To state the bleeding obvious, goal scorers win you games. For the majority of last season we were totally dependent on Ba and then Cisse, therefore it’s imperative that  whoever is our centre forward stays fit and in form. My concern would be that looking at our squad, should that not be the case who else will score more than 10 goals this season
But its our reserves, the likes of Vukic, Ferguson, Abeid and Marveaux who could prove to be our most important players. We have a long season ahead and these guys may well be needed to play a significant part in it.
Transfer rumours / Will everyone stay?
As for the ‘Will they happen won’t they’ transfer rumours, we just have to accept that Ashley is a very clever operator who will do a deal if the price is right for him even if it’s not necessarily right for the short-term future of the club. The fact that he’s looking at buying into Rangers at its lowest ebb, is a perfect example of his way of thinking. It’s a very canny move from which he will reap rewards in the future.
Last season showed us that this is a pretty good side who are capable of competing with the best . With some luck they can be successful. Come on lads, I am not getting any younger.

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