The 2015/16 season was a desperately disappointing campaign for Newcastle United as it ended with a second relegation in the last decade.
While the season ended on a high with Rafa Benitez taking charge and then hammering high-flying Tottenham 5-1 on the final day, some players simply underperformed.
On paper, the Toon Army have one of the strongest squads in the division – if not the best – but Benitez is going to need to get some of his underperforming stars back in form if the club are going to bounce back at the first attempt.
At this stage, it looks unlikely that some of the clubs bigger stars will be playing in the second tier next season, with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat being strongly linked with moves away from St James’ Park.
But the bigger names that have disappointed recently, and there are a few, will likely stay with the club and will be tasked with helping them get out of the Championship at the first time of asking.
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