Newcastle United are certainly one team in the Premier League where their fans in the Transfer Tavern have no idea how the club will perform, they could scrap in the bottom three or challenge for a top-half stake.
Nevertheless, the Magpies are in an enjoyable mood having certified an unsurprising instant return to the top-flight, which gets underway at home to Tottenham Hotspur and boss Rafa Benitez has a lot on his plate to decide between now and then.
Incidentally, the tavern’s Newcastle-mad bar man recalls the final game in this division before the club’s drop to the Championship was confirmed; a 5-1 rout over Spurs on the final weekend of Premier League action in the 2015/16 campaign.
Fans by the bar would be delighted for a repeat but in real terms that is extremely unlikely to be the case and Benitez has a number of dilemmas to digest in relation to his starting eleven for the visit of Spurs….
Here are two things the Spaniard needs to overcome to choose his team ahead of this fixture…..