Will Newcastle United win promotion into the Premier League?
Newcastle have sold six players since the relegation and at losing two of those - Georginio Wijnaldum and Andros Townsend, easily two of United's better players last term - has certainly hindered their promotion chances.
But Benitez has also signed six new players and the Spanish manager may able to reinvest the £25 million brought in from Wijnaldum's sale back into the playing staff.
Leekens saw for himself at how devastating this new-look Newcastle side can be after his Lokeren outfit lost 4-0 in a friendly this past weekend, and the Belgian manager would certainly put his money on a promotion-winning season for the North-East giants this season.
“We played against a team and club that will be back very fast into the Premier League," he's quoted as saying by The Chronicle.
“I think when you look at the quality of their side and their coach I know I can put my money on Newcastle this season.”
A brace from Ayoze Perez, either side of another from Daryl Janmaat, helped Newcastle into a 3-0 lead in Belgium, before January signing Jonjo Shelvey made a near-instant impact by netting three minutes after coming on at half time.