The season kicks off on Saturday against promoted Nottingham Forest at St. James’ Park. A hectic pre-season consisting of seven friendlies and two training camps has come to a close.
The summer was planned to perfection as the bulk of the squad got 90 minutes under their belts this past weekend. Eddie Howe will fine-tune the tactics for Forest this week while making the difficult decision on his starting eleven.
Nottingham Forest have been very active in the window with 13 new additions including former-Newcastle targets Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Lewis O’Brien, and Taiwo Awoniyi. Former Magpie Jack Colback is still knocking around at City Ground.
Newcastle have made three excellent signings though just two new faces as Matt Targett’s loan move was made permanent. Nick Pope and Sven Botman have come in to provide competition to Martin Dubravka and Dan Burn. We’ll see if either get their debuts tomorrow.
Newcastle are pushing for further incomings with negotiations underway for Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet. A loan proposal has been registered for Chelsea’s Timo Werner while a second bid for Leicester’s James Maddison is being considered.
It remains unlikely any breakthroughs will occur in time for a new addition to play this weekend. So it’ll be a finely-tuned starting eleven against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.