After completing a swift return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are preparing for their first game back in the big time.
The Spaniard has not had much luck in the transfer window so far. After Tammy Abraham opted to join Swansea over the Magpies and deals like the Pepe Reina seem to drag on, Benitez may be getting frustrated.
Newcastle have managed to bring one new face onto their books this summer. Florian Lejeune has joined from La Liga side Eibar – and he was officially unveiled to the press on Thursday.
Lejeune will be keen to make a positive impression on Benitez in pre-season – as will several other Newcastle players who are at a crossroads at St James’ Park.
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