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Surely these 2 players won’t be in Benitez’s first match day squad next season

Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are concerned.

It’s a crucial summer’s window for Rafa Benitez as the Spaniard continues to work on revamping his side ahead of the opening day game against Tottenham.

It’s a fixture that brings back pleasant memories for the Toon Army.

An already relegated Newcastle embarrassed Mauricio Pochettino’s side 5-1 at St James’ Park in 2016.

It’s a result that may just have persuaded Rafa Benitez to remain in charge.

The Champions League winner who dropped into the second tier of English football, orchestrated his Newcastle side to bounce back at the first time of asking.

It wasn’t a season full of pleasantries though. A number of players failed to deliver for the Spaniard. And well, if they can’t cut it in the Championship, how can they be called upon in the Premier League?

We’ve picked out TWO players who surely won’t make Benitez first match squad this season…

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