Newcastle United’s side is certainly one in transition. Several of last season’s new signings will be shipped on for a variety of reasons, ranging from poor debut season performances to excessive wages and Rafa Benitez will have to build his squad around a few key players in the squad.
Many experienced players will be leaving the side, with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jonjo Shelvey all linked with moves away, so the youth will have to step up to the plate and show that they are ready to lead this Newcastle side back to the Premier League.
A 4-2-3-1 system looks the most likely for the Spaniard to play next season, and building on solid foundations will be key if the Magpies want to win promotion in arguably the tightest Championship in the last decade.
Here are THREE players who will form the core of Newcastle United next season.