The next article in our series takes us to Tyneside in the North-East of England. Newcastle United will be under the scope of this one.

Founded in 1892 as a merger between Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, the club has played at St. James’ Park since their merger. They have never dropped lower than the second tier of English football, and also have the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, Alan Shearer, as one of their club legends.

The club has been pretty poor under the ownership of Mike Ashley, having been relegated twice. A lot of fans have been publicly against Mike Ashley, who managed to let Rafa Benitez leave after his contract expired. Their new manager is Steve Bruce, a classic English manager who has been relegated multiple times whilst playing boring top-flight football.

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So far this summer, Newcastle have sold Ayoze Perez, managed to not bring in Solomon Rondon, and spent 40 million pounds on Joelinton. They have so much left to do and so little time, its really going to come down to the wire with Newcastle.

I think the squad needs a massive overhaul. Every level on the pitch needs an upgrade, besides Martin Dubruvka, and I don’t even know where to start. Actually, the center backs are solid enough to play a back three, so we’ll look at the wing-backs. Deandre Yedlin can’t really defend, but Matt Ritchie is a Winger, not a defender. Perhaps signing Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan would be a start. A Manchester United academy player, he could provide a physical presence on the right side of the pitch.

In midfield, Newcastle has Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yeung, and maybe some other Championship quality players. However, they do have young starlet Sean Longstaff coming back from injury. If he impresses, they will have a big boost in the center of the park. I would still look to bring in players with experience to pair in the middle, such as Fernando from Galatasaray or perhaps a loan move for Joao Mario or one of Inter Milan’s outcasts could give them experience and stability in midfield.

Almiron seems to be one of the few bright spots in Newcastle United. Credit: Planet Football

The attack is legitimately Miguel Almiron and Joelinton. That’s it. Dwight Gayle is a Championship quality Center Forward, but you never know if he grabs a decent amount of goals this season. They need another top-class striker, someone who can move around and play off of another forward.

I think a player like Bayer Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland is a versatile forward who can score and assist. He was involved with 23 goals and assists last season, as well as 1.3 key passes per 90. Joelinton had 1.5 key passes per 90, and was only involved in 12 goals and assist the last term.

Whatever the club does, it is going to be criticized by the fans. They are passionate and want a change from the tenure of an unsuccessful Mike Ashley. I think they finish 16th and can scrape enough points together to stay in the top flight. It will be an impossible task for Steve Bruce, but if Joelinton can create chances and Newcastle can keep a clean sheet against the lower sides, they have a chance.

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