By Harvey Byrne
Former midfielder and BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has told how Newcastle need to bring in at least eight new players this summer after their promotion to the Premier League.
The north east giants earned an instant return to England’s top-flight on Monday evening after earning a convincing 4-1 victory over Preston at St. James’ Park.
They have so far earned 91 points from their 45 matches and sit in second place, but many feel as though the club is need of investment if they are to remain in the Premier League again next season.
Now, manager Rafa Benitez was allowed to bring in 11 senior players on permanent deals in the previous window and Jenas feels as though the Spaniard is in need of some further backing in the next window, claiming the club needs to bring in at least eight new faces.
“If this season’s anything to go by, when he’s (Rafa Benitez) asked to be backed, he was backed at the start of the season,” told Jenas speaking on BT Sport on Saturday afternoon.
“They’ve given him the players, he bolstered his squad hugely and he’s delivered. So, surely if he’s done it once you’d say ‘you know what I’m going to back you again.
“They have to do something. They need to consolidate themselves within the Premier League first and foremost and from that build. Next year, make sure they maintain their position in the Premier League has got to be the first job.
“I think they need at least eight (new players), I really do. They’ve got some good Championship players in their team, but I think if you look at the lower ends of the Premier League now that’s probably what they’re full of.”
"They need at least 8 new players."
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Newcastle finished the 2015-16 campaign in 18th in the Premier League table after picking up just nine victories from their 38 matches alongside 10 draws and 19 defeats, leaving them on 44 points.
They will be hoping for a much better return this time around and the north east giants will be looking for a similar 12th placing as they did the last time they won promotion back to the top-flight in 2011.