For Newcastle fans looking ahead throughout this Premier League campaign, there are still several question marks around the PL future, managerial future and the general club direction.,

But do we actually need to be worried about any of these?

Well we’ll start off with Newcastle’s Premier league status for the 19/20 season, because despite many fans (including myself) thinking that this transfer window was a complete disaster, when you take money out of the equation and look at who we have kept/sold, we haven’t had that bad of a window.

Think about it.

Apart from Merino (who wasn’t starting anyway) we haven’t lost anyone who I personally think Rafa would have chose to keep. Yes we can sit and have the age-old debate of whether Mitrovic can do it in the prem, but the reality is, it dosen’t matter whether he can or not because Rafa didn’t want to play him for whatever reason.

Then once you look at the likes of Sels, Haidara, Mbemba, Armstrong, Toney and the two loans out (Gayle and Colback), they were all fringe/unwanted players, maybe excluding Gayle – but I feel he would be 3rd or 4th choice with Muto and Rondon now at the club.

Now lets look at the new signings.

Obviously the verdict is still out on most, but having two players who we know can perform in Kenedy and Dubravka (Kenedy reminding us how good he is against Tottenham) is reassuring for the season ahead.

I also thought Fernandez and Ki Sung-yueng were PL quality while at Swansea and I seriously think Rondon could hit anywhere from 10-15 this season if given the proper chance.

Now obviously I’m not going to claim to have watched enough of Schar/Muto to have a proper opinion on what they can do but at least they might work out.

So when you take a step back and look at the overall picture, we have kept everyone who kept us up last season, got two new strikers, gained more defensive cover and got rid of fringe players. A pretty good window on the face of things.

Of course though I am not defending Cashley at all, I would have called this a very good window if Kenedy had signed for £20m and Rondon had been signed for £10-15m.

However, I do think for the immediate season ahead at least, this was a good window and we will have no problem finishing in the 11th-16th range but, only time will tell.

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  • Leazes.

    I spy a ‘Happy Clappy’

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Is that code for Lee brother?

      Why are you on here if all you do is call everyone a troll or the people that write articles names?

      You’re beyond weird

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Losing Lejeune was a big blow. We would have got at least a point if he was in the back four. We could finish seventh although could face competition from Everton. The biggest threat to Newcastle and Rafa are the one hundred and sixty protesters who seemed to want Spurs to win. Rafa having to come out again after the match to tell them to shut the F up.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      7th 😂😂😂😂😂

    • grantham mag

      The biggest problem Rafa has ls Ashley you Moron.

    • panther

      no we wont, the biggest threat after Ashley flogging the first team in January are idiots like you

    • TheFatController

      I thought Rafa not signing a contract is more damaging to the club than any protest …?

      I am 100% behind him, but surely he’s doing more protesting than anyone else by not signing ?

      He made it clear he wanted to see ambition, so by not signing he’s protesting the lack of ambition.

  • Sickandtired

    Considering we started the season without all of the players Rafa required – and we already have two injuries – I’d say you were having somewhat of a blonde moment.

  • Billmag

    I agree with the author but a club of this size should have seen an upgrade on Rondon at the very least, like everything this owner does gets player’s in on the cheap to get us over another season and hopefully stay in the Premier league. How long is it since NUFC fans where excited at the start of a new season, yes the arrival of Rafa gave us something to look forward to but after working under fatty even that uplift he gave us is starting to fade.

  • Paul Patterson

    Trouble is if you finish between ’11-16th, you ARE risking relegation as the gap is very tight down there.
    My prediction is 12th.

    • Leazes.

      There’s nothing between the ‘cannon-fodder’ group of clubs of which we are part…. one injury to a key player or an untimely sending off and its goodbye Vienna.

      My prediction is ‘somewhere in the bottom half’….. nowhere.

  • Peaky

    Think Brighton,Huddersfield & Cardiff will go down myself…

    • Leazes.

      Thats a coincidence so do the bookies

      • Peaky

        Schitt my cover has been blown….I’m female….my name…Bet Victor….😂😂
        That’s not true by the way….

        • Leazes.

          No I was just saying the same thing thats my prediction since Wolves spent money….. the delights of the relegation battle.

          Can you buy socks from the ‘Arrods of the Norf’?

          • Peaky

            The fawning by the BBC over Wolves on Football Focus was almost sickening…

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Yes our squad is useless but so is 7/8 other teams it just depends who’s the most useless.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    “A pretty good window”, huh?
    Nothing like a bit of self-delusion to get you through.
    You didn’t mention the clubs you think we’ll finish above.

    • Leazes.

      To be fair the author is a troll, what would you expect?

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        He comes from Manchester and he’s our brother.

        Leazes’, you are a prize one idiot

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    At last, it was an ok window. I’d have liked a right back and even a right midfielder but the improvement was there.

    • Megatron1505

      Does Discus have a private message option? For obvious reasons i’d rather not publicly share my PayPal email address to collect my winnings.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Not sure, that’s why I suggested a live game

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Desree and I agreed on a charity but he has an excuse, he lives in Sydney.

        Harry hype paid via. Errrrrr hang on, he didn’t

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        I’ve had a look, I don’t think there is an option.

        Looks like you’ll have to meet me at a match. Wolves away? Man U away (not much chance of a ticket)? Man C? Huddersfield is not too far for you?

        The easiest for you is Leicester away but that is not until April. If you are prepared to wait until then, I assume you must go to that one.

        • Megatron1505

          No need to wait that long, i’m in Newcastle in a couple of weeks (Sept 2nd and 3rd) for a family visit. I’ll be in Benwell but happy to meet you at a city centre pub if it’s easier for you to get from the train station, do Manchester services still run on Sundays?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m not in Newcastle that weekend, we play in Manchester funnily enough, I live near Leeds.

            When will you be at a game?

          • Megatron1505

            When Ashley sells the club, as you know, I very rarely validate his occupation with my attendance unless (as with Stoke away last season) my wife buys me a ticket for my birthday.

            I get to Leeds and Newcastle quite regularly so I can meet you in the next few weeks. I’ll advise next time i’m called to Leeds, or will be in Newcastle for a visit/ protest.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Away games surely don’t count as a protest at Ashley.

            let’s say, I’ve no intention of welshing on a bet and will pay up, just let me know when paths are likely to cross.

          • Megatron1505

            Any attendance is a validation of the current occupation.

            I’ll let you know (with notice) when I am next in Newcastle.

    • panther


      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        We improved at GK, left Mid, centre forward and central defence cover.

        • panther

          we already had the gk and left midfielder, mbemba is better than whos come in, (just my opinion), and rondon is not as good as mitro

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We had to bring the gk / left midfielder in. Rafa thinks the defenders and strikers have improved and he picks the team

          • panther

            so we are no stronger than last game last season, just our back is fewer and not as good, at least Ashleys happy eh?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We are stronger than the last game, Kenedy wasn’t available, we have Rondon, we have more strength in midfield.

            Also, 2nd half of the season saw us in very decent form.

          • panther

            kenedy was still here, and Rondon has averged 8 goals a season in the prem, mitro scored more as a rookie in the season he played

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Rafa doesn’t rate him (mitro) simple as,

  • Megatron1505

    You are Keith Bishop and I claim my £10!

    • Leazes.

      its definitely not Luke Pringle….nobody was born in the last 45 years with that name in this region, I check new names….. its Kevin Lee.

      • Carverlier football

        I’m not saying the article isn’t suspect, but speaking as somebody who was born elsewhere and came here aged 4 that’s not conclusive proof… But I understand your caution on this one

  • Your mum

    I don’t think it was a complete disaster, we had a decent first team last year and have improved this, got rid of unwanted players too and strengthened the squad as a whole. Rondon looked a threat and deserved a goal on saturday, Muto looked lively and once they all gel we should be a threat to most teams. We’re not going to challenge for the title, but we don’t need to worry about relegation, we are a stronger team this season and the players have another year of PL experience and working together.
    Put it this way, where would you rather be? Nufc shoes with minimal spend but look fairly solid and match spurs for long spells during their game or West ham, spend big but on players that are high risk and get thumped 4-0 in the first game.

  • kingfisher

    A sad indictment of the state of the club and our expectations is that most of the posts are talking about either the chances of being relegated or what position we will finish above the so called ” relegation canditates ” when we should be talking about winning a cup or finishing in a position to qualify for Europe.
    I suppose it’s only natural as even the main man says survival is the main priority.

    I know spending money does’nt guarantee survival but I have a feeling that Manure,Arsenal,Liverpool,Spurs,Man City, etc will be no where near the relegation places !

    • panther

      we’d need a capable team first

      • kingfisher

        Exactly Panther. Well said !!

  • ghostrider

    A good article and basically to the point.
    We are as good as the best of the rest outside of the elite 6.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      Are you putting in your claim for fees to Bishop early this week, or are you on a bonus scheme ?

      • ghostrider


  • Nut

    I think a lot forget we also signed Yannick Tourre and although just 17 playing in the under 23’section he is that good that I wouldn’t be surprised tof see him make a first team appearance this season.

    This club has very much gone under the radar on signings, yes they were cheap inexpensive but also good, we didn’t spend money but so what.

    On top of that I think the decisions to refuse some of Rafa’s pottential moves for players like 2 he was after later in the window from Stoke and Liverpool specifically was probably the right decision.

    Ultimately that move could easily have ended up with us having 2 fairly expensive wages on the books for players who were temporary buys at the time desperation moves and us end up in a position where we couldn’t shift them out.

    Whilst not ideal having gaps in the team we need filled far better to do it properly with a planned move jumping in for the right player when available at the right price.

    The club whatever some may have said, have done some clever and we’ll thought through business which may well see us finishing in a better position than last season.

    It just goes to prove the club can be run as a viable profit making company in its own right and still be moving in the right direction on the pitch.

  • Carverlier football

    Strengthening the squad slightly (and the jury will be out on that one until we’ve seen a bit more) isn’t really strengthening if everyone else has strengthened their teams a lot more. Plus all the players knowing Rafa’s on his way is only going to harm performances. Of course you never know in football, but I’d predict we’ll scrape survival somewhere between 15th and 17th. Anything more will be a pleasant surprise

    • panther


  • andrew baron

    11-16 woop dee do. I can hardly contain my excitement.

  • Lord

    I don’t think we’ll go down but I can’t remember being more ambivalent about a new season. Even virtually the same team played Spurs as last year’s first match. And the same result – a loss where we could have nicked a draw.

    Another 9 months of trying to nick 1-0s off the bottom 10 clubs and getting beaten by the top 10 with maybe 1 shock to come (a la ManU last year). Whoop-de-doo.

  • Martin Rooney


  • panther

    until we pick up injuries/suspensions and hurtle down the league

  • MadMag83

    Of course we should be worried, we’re constantly looking and hoping for three teams worse than us! A team with Rafa Benitez in charge is just looking to stay up? I could accept that last season as a newly promoted team, but come on.

  • We are 2-3 injuries away from relegation.
    If Perez, Lascelles and Shelvey get injured, we are done.

  • TheFatController

    I see the top 5 all suffered with World Cup lag…

    Bring on Chelsea and City, never a better time to play them.

  • HarryHype59

    The writer of this article forgets two important facts.

    1: Our rivals in the bottom half teams have spent significant amounts of money and will improve from last season!

    2: The squad is paper thin in terms of genuine EPL quality. A few injuries and this team will struggle.

    The margin of safety is very small as Ashley has positioned us at 15/16th.

  • Spoon_Army

    In answer to your question, no we don’t need to worry about relegation, or, should I say, we shouldn’t worry about it. There is no point. It’s not the end of the world if we do get relegated, and if we do it will be deserved. Enjoy each game and support the team.

    • zack

      i dont watch championship football, they have that in america it’s called MLS, top quality or nothing.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    I dont have any problems with any of the departing players or selection of those brought in. I mentioned in an article last season we had the best back 5 at newcastle that i could remember for a very long time. Unfortunately lejune was pivotal to that and we have lost him for the season, that is the stand out buggest disappointment for the season for me. Lacelles and lejune in the second half of last season were the best pairing in the premier, clark and char are not at that level, pinning hopes on fernandez hitting the ground running as its a crucial area of the pitch