Fantasy Football Focus 2014/15: Newcastle United

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With the new season edging closer it's time to assess your fantasy football options. Today's focus will be on Newcastle United.

Newcastle endured another mixed campaign as they ended the season in tenth place in the Premier League, though a shocking end to the year saw them lose seven of their last eight games, and Alan Pardew will hope to lead the side to a much better season this time around.

The club's top two goalscorers from last term are no longer on Tyneside as Loic Remy has returned to QPR and Yohan Cabaye is with Paris Saint-Germain after departing in January.

Though things are looking more promising after the Magpies have spent big in the transfer market this summer to bring in seven new players so far with Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem De Jong, Ayoze Perez, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback and Fernando Ferreyra all arriving.

Newcastle only scored 43 goals last season and were far from solid at the back, but they should be in much better shape come the start of the new season in 10 days time. Here's where you should be looking at the squad from a fantasy football perspective:

Budget options

GK - Tim Krul - The Dutch goalkeeper is nailed on to start in goal for the Magpies once again this season but was only able to keep a clean sheet in 10 of his 36 games last season. If Newcastle can improve their defence, especially at home (just six clean sheets at St James's Park) then Krul could be worth investing in at such a cheap price - 4.5 with the Premier League's official game.

MID - Jack Colback - Colback has made the controversial switch from Sunderland back to his hometown of Newcastle ahead of the new campaign and the versatile midfielder, who can also operate at full-back, will hope to be a part of the Magpies revival this year. He comes in at just 5.0 and is worth investing in if he can nail down a regular starting role in the side.

Worth a gamble

DEF - Daryl Janmaat - Janmaat has joined from Feyenoord after impressing for the Netherlands at the World Cup this summer and the attacking right-back will replace Mathieu Debuchy as first-choice at the club in this position. Janmaat could pick up plenty of points for assists as he loves to get forward and picked up two assists in five games in Brazil last month. The only worry will be the frailties of the defence but as mentioned before, if they can shore up at the back then Janmaat will be another to benefit greatly.

MID - Yoan Gouffran - The Frenchman is an intriguing option now that he is labelled as a midfielder and if he can build on his six goals and three assists from the last campaign he will be a valuable option once more. Gouffran will likely play on the left of midfield but can also play as a striker or behind the frontman if needed and his attacking potential make him an interesting choice at the relatively cheap price of 6.5.

MID - Siem De Jong - Another Dutchman to join the side is De Jong and Pardew has already named the 25-year-old as the new vice-captain at the club. He will likely be a regular in the starting lineup and having scored at least ten goals in four of his last five seasons, De Jong is clearly an interesting option in midfield this year. If Newcastle can improve in the final third, the former Ajax man will benefit greatly and could be a big points scorer.

FOR - Emmanuel Riviere - Another new arrival to consider in French striker Emmanuel Riviere and the former Monaco forward will hope to build on his ten goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last term. He will likely be instilled as the regular striker, especially with Papisse Cisse out with a broken kneecap, and could reap the rewards if he can get the service from those behind him. The 24-year-old has already scored three goals in pre-season since joining the club and looks in good shape ahead of the new campaign.


MID - Remy Cabella - Cabella is the man brought in to provide the creative spark that has been missing since Cabaye left eight months ago. The playmaker comes in at 7.5 and could score points for fun, having scored 14 goals with five assists for Montpellier last season. Cabella will likely play behind Riviere and has already scored twice during the Magpies pre-season campaign. Definitely one to seriously consider.

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