Newcastle secured promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and as Champions. United won the league by a point on the final day of the Championship season with a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
That is now 3 seasons in a row where Newcastle have won there final game of the season. last season, Rafa Benitez’ side won 5-1 at home to Spurs on the final day as they signed off from the Premier League in style after a disappointing campaign in 2015-16.
Now, Newcastle are back in the top flight and will be looking for a positive season, especially after Championship triumph secured them prize money upward of £95 million.
Where Realistically can Newcastle finish?
With a successful summer of additions to the squad, with obvious key improvements needed, Newcastle should be aiming for a top 10 finish. If they can secure that it will be a very successful season for Newcastle, especially on their return to the Premier League.
Most sides that are promoted to the Premier League will make there main goal for the season avoiding the drop back down to the Championship, but Newcastle already have a squad with Premier League experience. Players like Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Deandre Yedlin who moved away from the Premier League last summer to join the magpies.
Therefore in my opinion there is no reason why Newcastle can’t finish in a steady position in the Premier League, providing that their recruitment is good over the summer
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Last Season’s Championship winners Burnley currently sit 14th in the table, and with a Champions League winning manager at Newcastle’s helm, there’s no reason in my opinion why Newcastle couldn’t better this position next season.Embed from Getty Images
Benitez has the best win Percentage for any permanent Newcastle manager since club records began in 1895 with a win percentage of 57.69% in his 52 games in charge.
The manager to come closest to that record is current Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton with a win percentage of 55.71%.
If Newcastle can get a good start to the new campaign in August they are a club with huge potential, they may even be able to compete for a Europa League spot, but I think that may be more likely in a few years time, but the way Benitez has worked to transform the club, I don’t think its unreasonable that St James Park will secure a top 10 finish next season.