Three talking points from Newcastle's squad numbers announcement

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

Newcastle United have announced their squad numbers for the upcoming Championship season, with Dwight Gayle being named as their new number nine.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

Newcastle United have announced their squad numbers for the upcoming Championship season.

Two members of last year's squad have changed numbers, with new captain Jamaal Lascelles taking the number six shirt, previously worn by Mike Williamson. Yoan Gouffran has moved to number 20, with new arrival Matt Ritchie taking the number 11 previously donned by the French winger.

New centre-backs Ciaran Clark and Grant Hanley will wear numbers two and five respectively, and right back Jesus Gamez takes the number 27 worn until this summer by former stalwart Steven Taylor.

On what has been a big day for Newcastle, here are the three biggest talking points from the squad number announcement.

Gayle is Newcastle's new number nine

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal

The most famous number at Newcastle will be worn by new man Dwight Gayle.

In what was a straight battle between the former Crystal Palace striker and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Englishman has come out on top and will join an elite club, alongside the likes of Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn and Malcom Macdonald.

In his pre-match press conference, Rafael Benitez confirmed that both Gayle and Mitrovic wanted the shirt, with the Serbian then giving his new strike partner permission to take the illustrious number.

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Gayle will be aiming to be a contender for the Championship's top scorer this season, and Newcastle fans will be hoping that the number nine gives him confidence rather than putting the 25-year-old under pressure.

Krul holds on to number one

Newcastle's Tim Krul

Despite being linked with a move away from St James' Park, spending the last season out injured, witnessing two goalkeepers step in and impress in his absence, and seeing Matz Sels arriving from Gent, Tim Krul has kept the number one jersey.

Instead, the Sels will wear number 28. The Belgian keeper has been a consistent figure throughout pre-season, and is expected to start the season as Newcastle's first choice.

With the Dutch stopper continuing his recovery from a knee injury, should Newcastle fans expect to see Krul back as their first-choice goalkeeper when he returns from injury, or will he be competing with Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow to oust the Magpies' newest goalkeeper?

Sissoko named as Diame waits

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle United

One player that is desperate to leave Tyneside is Moussa Sissoko.

Despite his desire to depart, the Frenchman was listed in Newcastle's squad number announcement, and held onto the number seven shirt that he has worn since he arrived in 2013.

Although it may have been harsh to take Sissoko's number away from him before he has left the club, what was interesting was the number, or lack of, given to new recruit Mohamed Diame

The former Hull midfielder was last on the squad list, with his number down as TBC. Is Diame waiting to take Sissoko's number seven shirt when he finally leaves the Championship club?

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