Stadium: St. James Park
Head Coach: Steve Bruce
Nickname: The Magpies
Rivals: Sunderland, Middlesbrough
Top-Division Titles: Four (1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1926–27)
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Best possible XI:
Key arrivals: Joelinton (Hoffenheim), Kyle Scott (Chelsea), Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice), Andy Carroll (Free), Emil Krafth (Amiens)
Key departures: Mohamed Diame (Al-Ahli), Ayoze Perez (Leicester City), Joselu (Alaves)
Ranking their offseason: Baffling? Newcastle United allowed Rafa Benitez’s contract to wind down and saw him leave for the Chinese Super League. The club also allowed mainstay Ayoze Perez to walk, and it looked to be all fizzling when owner Mike Ashley hired perceived yes man Steve Bruce to take the reins of a weak side… and then they smashed their transfer record to pair Joelinton with Miguel Almiron. Andy Carroll arrived to try and add a little extra firepower, but not a good summer at all for the Magpies. 5/10
Star player: Joelinton — Well, it has to be, doesn’t it? The Brazilian has a unique skill set that pairs strong hold up play with good vision and playmaking. Think somewhere between a less-polished Roberto Firmino and Richarlison, if we’re going strictly Brazilian.
Coaches’ Corner: Steve Bruce — A boyhood Newcastle fan who’s been fairly adept at guiding teams to promotion but not-so-much when it comes to guiding decent Premier League seasons.
PST predicts: Getting multiple results by the first international break is going to be a hassle, and the Magpies will have done well if they sit outside the Bottom Three heading into November. This team should be relegation-threatened, but also will prove too steady at the back to go down to the Championship.