Newcastle United fans enjoyed a fantastic season in the Championship, achieving promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking as Champions. Rafa Benitez has confirmed that he will stay on as manager and owner Mike Ashley has given him his full financial backing. Newcastle are going to have to sign big this summer if they want to push on in the Premier League, but where do they need to strengthen, and who should we see at St James Park next season?

  1. a ball-winning midfielder.

Youngster Isaac Hayden had a very positive opening season for Newcastle, but does the 22-Year-Old have enough in him to be a valued member of Newcastle’s Premier League squad? I think Newcastle need someone more experienced to come in to really tighten up their midfield.

James McCarthy

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Everton holding Midfielder would be just the correct suit for Newcastle United with Ronald Koeman pushing McCarthy aside somewhat as the Irish midfielder has only made 12 appearances in the Premier League this season.

McCarthy has a commendable amount of Premier League experience and at the age of 26 can still grow and develop, making him a perfect project player for Benitez.

At a value of £20 million Newcastle will face a tough task to tempt him away from clubs like Spurs who are said to be interested in the Irish international, but if they could sign him it would be a fantastic addition.

2. A winger with potential.

Newcastle in the past have utilised pacey wingers and with a return to the top flight imminent its an area they will look to strengthen.

Christian Atsu

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The Ghanain international has been very successful on loan with Newcastle this season, and in my opinion it would be in there best interest to attempt to sign the 25-year-old. He is already used to the system on Tyneside and would come straight into the Premier League Newcastle side with a key understanding of the majority of players in the squad.

Atsu hasn’t made an impression at Stamford Bridge and Benitez was impressed, using Atsu a total of 32 times last season, where the former Vitesse Loanee scored 5 goals, including a vital goal against Preston, which secured Newcastle’s promotion to the Premier League.

Just two strong suggestions which could bolster the Newcastle squad next season, however more than two or three signings will be needed in my opinion if their first campaign back in the Premier League is to be a successful one.