Rafael Benitez tips Joselu for successful season

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Newcastle is a big club and it is an honour for me to play at this club in this incredible city. "I'm very happy to be part of this club, and so excited", Joselu said, according to Newcastle's official website.

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has made many of his Championship winning squad available this Summer and believes that many Championship teams will be interested in taking on Newcastle's dead wood.

Paul Merson has gone with a 1-1 draw prediction (which is incidentally exactly the scoreline also predicted by both Mark Lawrenson and Michael Owen) but I have a feeling it could be a lot more eventful than any of the "experts" are forecasting, hopefully Rafa will once again get his tactics exactly right - just as he did back in March.

Despite his poor form of late, Joselu is confident he can make a name for himself at St James' Park.

"But now, our supporters will deliver something special, I am totally sure, and this is so important for us - that this atmosphere will give everybody a lift, give everybody on the grass the last percentage to really make the dirty yards, the hard yards, to make it as uncomfortable as we can against Newcastle". However, Shearer isn't convinced the Magpies have done enough to secure a comfortable Premier League finish. "We will try to win all the games to stay again in the Premier League".

"We would go a goal down, but we would come back and win the game".

Newcastle looked better away from home for much of last season and Merson thinks Sunday could see "less pressure" on NUFC, compared to kicking off at home against last season's runners-up.

Despite suffering a 2-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur after midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, Benitez said the players have remained upbeat. We have got the right attitude, the right mentality - we are ambitious and we have got a team full of winners, as everyone saw last season. I don't think we're going to struggle.

"We will keep fighting to the final whistle and that sort of character from us will definitely help us".

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