COMMENT By Russell Edge

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez will be feeling pretty satisfied with his team’s start to the season as they go into the international break.

The Spanish boss has guided his side to ninth on their return to the Premier League, with 10 points from seven games.

After a less than impressive start against Tottenham, no thanks to Jonjo Shelvey’s red card, the Magpies would have been worried after seeing themselves stutter in another defeat to fellow promoted side Huddersfield.

However Benitez ensured to keep his players well drilled and it paid off with a hugely impressive 3-0 victory at home over a West Ham side who invested heavily over the summer.

The fine form continued with wins over Swansea and Stoke, before a defeat to Brighton was followed by a hard working 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

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Benitez can be proud of many of his players, but there have been a couple who have stood out among the crowd.

Here, Football Insider looks at Newcastle’s top three players so far this season, including one man who has made Benitez look like a fool.

Click ‘2’ below to see midfielder who is proving his top flight talent