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5 New Signings: The Potential Newcastle XI To Secure Safety Next Year

Newcastle United sealed the Championship title ahead of Brighton at the weekend, with Rafael Benitez’ side benefitting from Jack Grealish’s late equaliser for Aston Villa.

The Magpies had already secured an immediate return to the Premier League, with arch-rivals Sunderland set to be relegated, and entered the final weekend of the Championship campaign with a chance of winning the title- but they’d have to better Brighton’s result.

Benitez’ side did exactly that, defeating Barnsley 3-0 at St James Park, and the Tyneside outfit will now turn their sights on securing top-quality signings this summer in order to secure safety in the Premier League next season.

40 points will be the target for Newcastle as they seek to avoid the drop but, led by the experienced Benitez, the Magpies could push higher in the table and potentially lead a charge in the cup competitions.

Whilst it may take a few seasons for Newcastle to be truly competitive, this potential XI is bursting with attacking talent and could set the Premier League alight.

GK: Jordan Pickford

The recently-relegated Sunderland goalkeeper is attracting a lot of attention ahead of the summer and there has been suggestions of an incredible move that would see the England international move across the North East to Newcastle.

However, Rafael Benitez’ side face a huge test to land the goalkeeper’s services as he’s being linked with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and West Ham, as well as attracting a price-tag in excess of £25m.

‘Please Come Back!’: Liverpool Fans React Positively To Managerial Links

Liverpools fans have reacted positively to reports that suggest Rafael Benitez wants to return to England and manage the Reds once again, the club he previously led for six years.

Benitez is currently in Italy with Napoli but reports emerging in recent days suggest the Spaniard is open to a return to the Premier League and it seems the majority of Liverpool fans would be happy for him to replace Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hot seat. The Reds are currently struggling for form this season and sit in the bottom half of the league table, whilst also having to fight for a place in the next round of the Champions League.

Rodgers’ job isn’t on the line just yet but things could change drastically in the next month or so, which means a Benitez return in the New Year is not beyond the realms of possibility.

‘They Cheat Their Way Through Games!’: Liverpool Fans React To Chelsea Defeat

Chelsea extended their unbeaten run this afternoon and opened up a 15-point gap on last season’s runners-up Liverpool as they won 2-1 at Anfield in a game full of controversy.

Emre Can gave the Reds the lead through Emre Can before Gary Cahill pulled level, with the goal given by goal-line technology. Then a Ramires elbow on Raheem Sterling was missed, before Diego Costa put the Blues ahead though Liverpool may argue the ball was out of play.

On top of this, a Gary Cahill handball was somehow not spotted by referee Anthony Taylor which led to angry responses from the Liverpool faithful- though perhaps wanting Rafael Benitez to return is a step too far?