One year on from relegation for NUFC
Just over 12 months on since relegation for Newcastle United from the Premier League it still doesn't seem straight forward in the world of the black and whites.
The questions, concerns, hopes and dreams of the Toon Army are evident in a city that knows just what can be achieved at football's top table.
Is a team which contains the bulk of the players that went down 12 months ago strong enough to get to that magic 40 point mark?
That's not opinion, it's a question and one that I've heard for the last eight weeks or ever since it became obvious we we're going back up.
As it stands, and if Newcastle don't sell anybody this summer, the starting line-up for the new season could look either like this: Harper, S Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Routledge, Smith, Nolan, Jonas, Lovenkrands, Carroll or like this: Harper, S Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Routledge, Guthrie, Barton, Jonas, Ameobi, Carroll.
Much of it depends on who you prefer in the centre of midfield and really a fully fit/non self destructive/in form Barton should really be doing what he did at Man City while Guthrie will feel he is ready to be handed the chance of a run of games in the centre of the park.
I'm quite sure Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan will have something to say about that, and it will be interesting to see how the influential duo take to life back in the Premier League.
Defensively we could already be a man down before the season kicks off with Danny Simpson struggling with a tendon problem but Steven Taylor would be more than ample replacement at right-back and given his 2010 so far, he'll jump at the chance of any first team involvement.
Judging from the back end of last season Coloccini, Williamson and Enrique would start in defence and Routledge and Jonas are almost automatic choices out wide.
In attack Andy Carroll leads the way with Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best scrapping for the other starting places while Nile Ranger looks certain to be loaned out by Chris Hughton.
Surely, Hughton has to be allowed to add to that?
A centre-forward in my opinion is vital and one that knows the Premier League.
Unfortunately, everybody wants one of those and they don't come cheap which is a bit of a headache when you've got limited funds.
And if Newcastle do loan out a Wilshere, Cleverley or Welbeck - can they offer them the games they need to justify coming here in the first place if it upsets one of the permanent members of the squad?
It's task that Hughton will already be thinking about now from his sun bed...