It's been another eventful season up in the north east with Rafa Benitez yet again doing a magnificent job with extremely limited resources. His relationship with controversial owner Mike Ashley is always a hot topic, with Rafa being given little-to-no-funds to build his squad. But despite this Benitez continues to keep the Magpies competitive and in the Premier League, which is very impressive. Last year a late run of good form saw them sneak into the top half, finishing tenth, which was their highest league finish since the 2011/12 season when they finished 5th under Alan Pardew.
A lack of investment in the playing staff and continued rumours about the future of the clubs ownership clouded this campaign too, with many tipping United to really struggle. Avoiding relegation would've been the remit coming into the season and despite that still being a possibility with them 6 points above the drop zone, recent form will have them setting their sights further up the table.
After 28 games Newcastle are 5 points away from 10th position which West Ham currently occupy - a side they take on live on Sky Sports on Saturday - which gives them a real opportunity to cut the gap and stake their claim for a spot in the top half. Breaking in there would be a real achievement for Rafa and Ashley would be delighted, as it would result in more prize money along with making the club a much more attractive proposition for potential new owners.