Newcastle have made hard work of it this season, but Huddersfield’s draw at Derby on Easter Monday has seemingly handed the second automatic promotion spot to the Tyneside club.
It would take a serious capitulation for Rafa Benitez’s men to miss out on the top flight next season, and one win from their final three games should be enough to get them over the line.
With that being the case, the former Real Madrid boss will be planning for next season.
A manager of Benitez’s ilk will be sure to attract attention from other clubs, but providing the Spaniard sticks with the club next year, a range of top draw players would surely be attracted to the lure of Premier League football under the Champions League winner.
Newcastle will have learnt from their last stint in the Premier League, which after an influx of foreign imports, resulted in an embarrassing relegation to the Championship at the end of last season.
With one of the largest fan bases in the country, and 50,000 fans urging their side on at St James’ Park on a weekly basis, Newcastle United are too big for the second tier of English football, and should be a top flight side. Benitez of all people will know this, and will look to strengthen his squad over the summer break.
Expectations of Newcastle will be high next season, and a mid table finish will be the minimum expectation to many around St James’.
Here we look at TWO players Newcastle may target next summer to improve the quality of the squad in the northern city.