The Newcastle team took another major step towards promotion at the weekend.

A 2-1 win over Wigan, when combined with Burton defeating Huddersfield, means a 10 point gap to third.

Nobody is counting chickens just yet…but how would this current Newcastle/team squad do if promoted?

Could they raise their game and make the step up with relative ease?

Or would it be a disaster if this Championship squad was trying to do it in the top tier?

So please vote below on where this current Rafa Benitez Newcastle team would finish in next season’s Premier League if promoted AND no signings were made in the summer?

  • Jimblag23

    It’s obvious we’d lift the ?

    • Damon Horner

      delusion at it’s finest… no higher than 2nd clearly.

  • Andy Mac

    We didnt do too well against Hull this season and they look to be going down ? Without a new striker, No 10, CM, DM and a LB we’ll struggle to stay up

    • Julian Dolan

      We were very unlucky to be beaten by Hull, if I remember we were the far better team. Not that I’m disagreeing regarding the need for signings

    • bobbi fleckman

      We dominated Hull and lost on penalties, We’ll need to buy some players but as they are, this squad would finish lower mid-table.

  • toonterrier

    You cant rely on luck in the premier league. We’ve got away with it a lot this season but if we don’t strengthen the team in the summer and I mean spend big bucks and not have to rely on the manager then we’ll be straight back down.

  • Alan

    No signings then relegation
    No signings then no season ticket for me. I refuse to go home after every match angry and frustrated.
    Long live the Championship.
    Championship seasons and Fairs Cup are the stand out games together with the ‘entertainers years’ I have known in 50 years of supporting this lot.

  • SH.ER

    being realistic ?
    14th or 15th …
    without Benitez 17th or 18th

    • Paul Busby

      Totally agree. I actually think that even with a couple of signings, 14th would be alright for a first season back in the PL.
      A lot of teams go up, start well then plummet down into relegation in the first season their in the PL. (look at Boro…)

      I really hope people don’t get too carried away with expectations if we do go up, end up blaming Rafa when things dont go to plan, force him out and leaving us floundering back in the relegation battle indefinitely. Its going to take a couple of seasons for him to get the team where it should be.

      • SH.ER

        You are really right !!
        I remember the sad times of Mike Ashley when he sacked Hughton
        our team was doing okay for a first season after promotion
        after 1 bad run he was gone , we can’t do that with Benitez
        we need to support the team & him even when we lose
        I was happy that season , we played well at times , i think we finished 13th ? & yeah i would take it next season

      • Damon Horner

        vital final sentence. Sadly I have reservations the vocal minority will be patient and end up crying about when we had our “former glories”.

  • Paul Patterson

    In and around 15th place. But the key is Rafa, as he will know this already.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    they`d be staight back down

  • 1957

    Around 80% see a relegation battle and without, and maybe even with, substantial investment that’s where we will be, given the quality of the current players

    In one respect it’s a good thing we aren’t running away with the league, it has focused supporters on how average most of our players are. I heard John Anderson say on Saturday the Championship isn’t a good league and he’s right.

  • Geordiegiants

    There is no chance Rafa would even contemplate staying if we didn’t sign anyone, so that in it’s self is relegation.

  • Lord

    We need to sign a new MD.

  • nevfur

    A more than hypothetical question really. Can’t think that any team would contemplate going into the PL without signing any new players even with Mike Ashley in charge. Bearing in mind also the money on offer for being in there, new sponsors, nothing spent in January and a big surplus from last summer plus money coming from the Thauvin deal then there should be money available and despite opinions on the quality of many Ashley era signings there has usually been money spent.
    We have also got players returning from loans including Armstrong, Toney, Saivet, De Jong, Mbabu and Krul and players reaching the end of their deals not all of which will necessarily stay. We also have a top manager who can do well up there but also who wouldn’t stay if we spent nowt. Can’t see that happening however and even if Rafa left (desperately hope not) still not definite that his replacement would be unable to keep us up. Very hypothetical then. However I voted for 16th as we stand and confident we would stay up in that never going to happen scenario.

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,I thought 16th to.

  • Damon Horner

    Personally our tactics and personnel would suit the Premier League survival better than being top end of a table. We should stay up with this lot but far away from being very confident. Rafa and the fitness of individuals will be key to it all.