Jonjo Shelvey is arguably the best player in the Championship and Newcastle will be delighted to have kept him this summer.
The sporadic England international has bags of talent but perhaps his application is sometimes called into question.
Having said that, Benitez appears to have grounded him to an extent and the 24-year-old is thriving in the Championship.
Shelvey keeps things ticking over in midfield with an exquisite range of passing, the ability to tackle, carry the ball forward and threaten the goal with long range efforts.
He is certainly someone to build the first team around and he is instrumental to Newcastle’s success in the middle of the park.
In Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback, he has two very capable partners but Benitez might look to add another top quality central midfielder to the ranks in January.
Here are 4 who would complement Shelvey perfectly in central midfield.