Newcastle United have been underwhelming ever since Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007. They have suffered two relegations since then and it does not make a good read.
Considering they spent the 1990’s and the first half of the 2000’s competing for the Premier League title as well as in the Champions League, they have fallen into mediocrity since the advent of Ashley.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Newcastle fans are very excited for the takeover to happen.
With uber-rich new owners, fans will be expecting to become more competitive. They will hope that Newcastle will be able to make a return to Europe.
Due to the vast resources that will come with the new owners, fans have been excited about some new faces who will walk in through the doors of St. James Park.
Players like Koulibaly, Cavani and Fekir have been linked with a move to the North East while managers such as Pochettino have been linked with the managerial post.
This has led to Newcastle fans wondering what their team would look like at the start of the next season.
‘Paper talk’ Newcastle XI
BBC came out with a probable eleven that could play for Newcastle in the near future if the takeover is complete.
The eleven is made up of current players as well as players who are continuously linked with a move to Tyneside.
While most of the current team has been disposed of, there are only a few current Newcastle players that remain. These are DeAndre Yedlin, Martin Dubravka, Jamaal Lascelles, and on-loan defender, Danny Rose.
Some world-class players link up with them. This includes Arturo Vidal, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edinson Cavani, Philippe Coutinho, Nabil Fekir, Ajax star Donny van de Beek and bizarrely, Sunderland reject Fabio Borini.
‘What on earth is this’
Football fans have not taken kindly to the lineup created by BBC. Check out the reaction below –