Newcastle United are in a prime position to win instant promotion back to the Premier League after a disappointing relegation last season.
Rafa Benitez opted to stay at St James’ Park and he has guided his side to second in the league table but they have a comfortably cushion over third placed Leeds United.
Newcastle and Brighton are running away with it in the race for the two automatic promotion spots and you certainly would not bet against them both to end up in the top two places by the end of the season.
The Magpies have a Premier League standard squad, without a doubt, and genuine strength in depth too.
This has its advantages and setbacks; Benitez can shuffle his pack and still expect to win whilst keeping everyone fresh but certain players will be unhappy to be left on the fringes.
With such a big squad, we have identified 3 players who really should have left by now.