The Magpies are without a manager after Rafa Benitez left at the start of the month, and they are yet to make any summer signings, but sources close to the club have claimed that the squad remains optimistic, with several players returning from loan and relishing the opportunity at a second chance on Tyneside.
The report also suggests that there have been assurances made to players that the club are doing their utmost to recruit a suitable replacement for Benitez, and are not just going through the motions.
This is a bit of a double-edged sword really. On the one hand, it is obvious better that there is an air of positivity around the club, rather than one of discontent or worry. On the other hand, it seems as if a lot of that positivity os being generated by players coming back from loan like Dwight Gayle, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, and Rolando Aarons. It could well be that those players take on a new lease of life and help the Magpies kick on from where they currently are. Certainly, somebody like Gayle, who hit 24 goals and registered a Whoscored rating of 7.11 for West Brom last season, has the potential to do just that. As for somebody like Lazaar, who made just 1.3 tackles and was dribbled past 1.8 times last season at Sheffield Wednesday [Whoscored], it’s hard to see him kicking on and becoming a Premier League player. As for assuring the players that the club is doing all they can to bring in a manager, you’d be worried if they were saying anything else really.