If Newcastle are to have a decent season next season, then there are seven of our younger players who will need to improve and become Premiership-class players.
Here are the seven players and they are all 26 year-old or younger – just like the players Chris Hughton hopes to recruit this summer.
Danny Simpson 23
Danny has played very well for Newcastle since he was signed back in August as a loan player from Manchester United.
But he still needs to show that he can make it in the Premiership and we expect Chris Hughton to bring in some competition for Danny this summer, and that will help him find his best form.
Next season will be a crucial season for the 23 year-old Salford-born player who now has 122 first-class games under his belt with two goals – one for the Magpies.
Tamas Kadar 20
A very good looking 20 year old defender, the Hungarian has always looked solid in the Newcastle first team, either at center-back or left-back. What Tamas needs now is more games and he’ll have to get those at Newcastle.
That’s unless Chris Hughton brings in another center-back – maybe even Fitz Hall – and then the Newcastle manager may look to send Tamas out on loan to a Championship club, for an extended run as a first team player.
But we think so highly of this lad that we think he will be competing for a first team position form the very start of next season.
Mike Williamson 26
From what we’ve seen of Mike this year we’ve liked a lot.
The former Portsmouth and Watford player has put in some very solid performances at the back for Newcastle and we’ll have to hope he can make the big step up in class and continue his excellent play for the Magpies in the Premiership.
Mike has always wanted to play in England’s top division and he gets his chance at Newcastle, a club he has often waxed lyrical about during his short stay oin Tyneside.
We like Mike a lot and he must stand a good chance of boeing able to make the step up – and then how much will he be worth? A lot more than the measly £1M Newcastle paid Portsmouth for him, that’s for sure.
Danny Guthrie 23
Danny has often looked the part on Tyenside, and played very well for the Newcastle side this year. He has already played in the Premiership for Newcastle and next season will be an important season for the central midfielder to become a starter at the club.
Guthrie will still have some competition at Newcastle with Smith, Nolan and Barton all currently ahead of him at the Tyneside club, but Danny is a good player and could well come into his own next year.
Wayne Routledge 25
Wayne has looked terrific since he arrived in January and the 25 year-old is looking forward to next season, where he could again become a top player.
He has already had a few chances in the past to grow to being a Premiership class player, but the youngster seems a lot more mature now and Newcastle fans have seen the lad still has some incredible skills.
If Wayne can provide the ammunition down the right wing, as Jonas Gutierrez will do down the left, then out strikers could score some goals next season.
Leon Best 23
Of all the players we have reviewed in this article our biggest doubts surround 23 year-old Leon Best, and whether he can become a Premiership class player.
Leon struggled to maintain his first team position since January, and he ended the season 4th choice striker at best (excuse the pun), behind Carroll, Lovenkrands and Ameobi. And some would say 19 year-old Nile Ranger would also be ahead of him.
But Nile will be sent out on loan next season, so Leon will have to fight it out with the remaining three strikers plus another striker Chris Hughton will undoubtedly bring in during the summer.
We’d love for this lad to succeed but we do have some serious doubts – but the lad also needs some time to to find his game on Tyneside.
Andy Carroll 21
Andy had had a terrific season since the turn of the year and scored the vast majority of his 19 goals this year.
He has been hailed as a future England number 9, and the 21 year-old will probably get that famous Newcastle shirt for next season, and we are hoping for great things from the Gateshead-born striker.
While Andy will find things a lot tougher against Premiership class defenders, his work in the air is terrific and if he can improve his game on the ground, as manager Chris Hugthon wants to see.
Andy could become a revelation next season in the Premier League – we hope so anyway.