After wrapping up 10th place in the Premier League last season despite a poor run of form in the second half of the season that saw Newcastle win just five of their 20 matches following a Boxing Day thrashing of Stoke City, Alan Pardew’s side have made some good investments this summer.

Alan Pardew’s side are 2.02 with Betfair to finish in the top half again this season.

Newcastle struggled following the sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January and were heavily-reliant on striker Loïc Rémy who was on loan from Queens Park Rangers.  The French international scored 14 goals for the Magpies last season – twice as many as their next top scorer, who was Cabaye.

Loïc Rémy has since returned to his parent club and is not expected to sign permanently for Newcastle this summer either.  A replacement is much-needed.

Incredibly, Newcastle took just four points from a possible 36 in the 12 games without Rémy last season – a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and a 0-0 draw with West Ham.

To bring an air of positivity around St James’ Park – the club has gone out and signed six players already this summer.

Forwards

Emmanuel Rivière (AS Monaco) – The 24-year old striker scored ten goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances (19 starts) for the French league’s runners-up last season.  The quick, powerful striker only set the club back £5 million which could be a bargain investment from Pardew provided he gets the best out of his new signing.

Ayoze Pérez (Tenerife) – A young Spanish striker who will have to compete with Rivière, Papiss Cissé and Yoan Gouffran in his first season in England means he may not get a great deal of game time.

Midfielders

Siem de Jong (Ajax) – After his brother Luuk failed miserably on loan during the second half of last season, Newcastle have snapped up the better of the de Jong brothers from Ajax this summer.  Siem de Jong is an intelligent player and coming through the Ajax youth academy naturally means he has technical skills too.  An eye for goal, has played striker before but attack midfield is where he sits.

Rémy Cabella (Montpellier) – Newcastle will have one ‘Rémy’ in the team this season, but it’s midfielder Rémy Cabella and not the striker some were hoping they would bring back for 2014-15.  Was part of Didier Deschamps’ French squad for the World Cup this summer following an injury to Clement Grenier.  A creative player who had a goalscoring record of one in four in Ligue 1 during his time with Montpellier.

Jack Colback (Sunderland) – Newcastle got one over on their rivals when they picked up Jack Colback on a free transfer for Sunderland.  Can play centre-midfield or full-back and playing for the club he supports perhaps ensures he’ll give 100% every week.

Defender

Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord) – With Mathieu Debuchy going to Arsenal, Newcastle have replaced their right-back with Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat.  He started a couple of games for Louis van Gaal at this summer’s World Cup.  An adventurous full-back who delivers a good cross from the wing.