It was a real team effort when Newcastle United eased to promotion and put the icing on the cake when winning the second tier title on the final day.
However, there were individuals who stood out above the rest.
At the back, Ciaran Clark was Newcastle’s stand out player, whilst Jamaal Lascelles saw his form tail off in the second half of the season, only to then reveal he’d played through the pain barrier and put off an operation until promotion was secured.
Of the front six, there was little doubt who the star trio were.
Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey head and shoulders above the rest.
Maybe no surprise as all three had played in the Premier League and indeed were bought from Premier League teams.
If leaving Mitrovic out of the equation (which Rafa Benitez usually did…), those three were also the most expensive in the team.
It would be harsh to blame them for Newcastle’s struggles this season but I think this trio do sum up United’s problems.
Basically they are not good enough to do it in the Premier League, or at least not good enough to do what is being asked of them in the top tier.
Have a look at these statistics as we head towards the point of being two thirds of the way through this Premier League season.
In the Championship he scored 23 goals and got 2 assists, in the Premier League he currently has 3 goals and 1 assist.
In the Championship he scored 5 goals and got 8 assists, in the Premier League he currently…