The old "on paper" argument
Before I go any further, I know that football isn't played on paper, it's played on grass.
Last season, at times, Newcastle United's squad was as thin as paper but with our first friendly game just two weeks away and things beginning to hot up Toon fans are now starting to wonder just what sort of starting XI we can produce for the opening game of the Premier League season.
I'm interested to know what YOUR team would be if the transfer window shut today.
As Kevin Keegan once said: "You can't have enough players".
And as far as many Toon fans more bodies are needed.
I always remember talking to Chris Hughton after the 7-2 win over Darlington back in 2009 and he was desperate for the window to shut so that he wouldn't lose any of his stars.
In the end he lost Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Habib Beye and Seb Bassong, and while it didn't turn out to be a bad thing, Alan Pardew will be thinking along the same lines.
Keeping Jose Enrique and Joey Barton would be massive for Newcastle.
Yet with the players so far not being able to sign new deals, it would inevitable that any cash bids that meet United's valuation will see them both sold.
Toon fans are still scarred by January's window when Andy Carroll was sold.
And if Newcastle are prepared to sell Carroll they will sell anybody.
However, on a more positive note you could have a starting line-up that looks pretty impressive on day one if things go the way we hope.
Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux all come into the fray to give us something different.
Add to that the return to fitness of Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling - and Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini, the team doesn't have a bad feel about.
Barton and Enrique into the mix adds steel to that too.
Goals are an issue but if Ba turns up with his shooting boots and United devise a system that enables Ben Arfa to perhaps play just off the shoulder, it could be an exciting team.
I'm asking you to have a pop at picking a team with current squad members and I'm also keen to hear your views on who you think should come in - this squad is still not that big in terms of experience.
But here's my team: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Cabaye, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Ba.
Gosling looked decent in his comeback games last season and this is a huge year for him.
Then you have the likes of Gosling, Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Shola Ameobi, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands also on the fringes along with youngsters knocking on the door like Sammy Ameobi, Phil Airey, Ryan Donaldson, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and Michael Richardson.
I haven't even mentioned the goalkeeping debate yet with Steve Harper and Fraser Forster all battling to be number 1 with Krul.
Type in what your team - along with your name - who would be with the current crop of players in the box below and if we get more than 10 entries we will include them in the pages of the Evening Chronicle.
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