A TWELVE point cushion over the bottom three with six games to play means Eddie Howe and Newcastle can start preparing for next season.
How Newcastle could line up after a busy summer of signings
Especially with the might of the Saudi Public Investment Fund behind them.
Despite splashing out £25m on Chris Wood earlier this year, striker is one of the positions set to be strengthened again.
Newcastle are claimed to have turned their attention to Brentford star Ivan Toney after being rebuffed by Darwin Nunez.
Were he to head to St. James’ Park for a second time, the 26-year-old would be likely to spearhead Howe’s attack.
And the 12-goal man could have Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings behind him.
Coutinho’s Aston Villa loan expires at the end of the season, with Newcastle reportedly keen to beat Villa to the permanent signing of the playmaker.
After already pinching Dan Burn from Brighton in January, the Magpies are set to head back to the south coast in search of transfers this summer.
Both men would also be more than likely to slot straight into Howe’s starting line up.
Elsewhere the defence could also take on a different shape by the time the 2022-23 campaign gets underway.
Efforts to sign the Lille centre-back failed in January but could be revived in the summer.
Alternatively Toon could continue with the pursuit of star striker Nunez, who would immediately be instilled into Howe’s line up.
An alternative Newcastle XI for next season, including plenty of summer signings
They are also linked with Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta, and preparing for a summer transfer tussle with Arsenal in order to capture his services.
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer, with the Magpies reportedly “growing increasingly hopeful” of beating Tottenham and West Ham to signing the Brentford midfielder.
Finally Matt Targett has impressed since joining up with Newcastle on loan in January, and could be signed permanently from Villa in the upcoming window to retain his spot at left-back.
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