Newcastle United

Grenier, Ritchie and Shelvey the ideal Newcastle United midfield for season opener

Newcastle have shown a frustrating lack of ambition so far in the summer Transfer window. 

Supporters of the Tyneside club will be left looking enviously at the business of other clubs. However, they have made some positive steps.

The club haven’t spent large sums on a player, but they have arguably made some smart additions. Brazilian midfielder Kenedy has returned to St. James’ Park on a season-long loan deal, after impressing in his spell at the Magpies last season.

Highly rated Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has also joined, along with relegated Swansea City player and South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng, who joins on a free transfer.

Rafa Benitez has shown his ability to do wonders on a tight budget before. Just last season, he guided the Magpies to a top half finish despite having very little to spend.

A key area for Newcastle next season is going to their midfield. A good amount of energy and creativity in the middle of the park would do wonders for the club in achieving more positive results next season. Benitez has set the bar relatively high after last season’s Premier League finish.

With that in mind, here is the perfect ‘Engine Room’ for Newcastle’s opening fixture against Spurs…

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