The Newcastle faithful are eagerly awaiting their return to Premier League football, but they could have had an easier start.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are going to be right up against it upon their return to top flight football as they kick off their Premier League campaign against last year’s runners up, Tottenham.
The Spanish manager achieved what many expected of him last season as his Newcastle side managed promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Keeping the veteran manager in the role at the Tyneside club is a huge boost to the club’s chances of staying up and avoiding relegation.
A good start will be instrumental in kick starting a season in which they will most likely be a part of the relegation dog fight nearing the tail end of it, so even a draw against Spurs would be a huge result for them.
On that note, here is the midfield that Rafa Benitez must start for Newcastle against Tottenham.