Newcastle returned to the top-flight after one year down in the Championship and secured themselves a top half finish.

The Magpies were predicted to struggle by most neutrals, with little money spent and Rafa Benitez seemingly not happy with the transfer window.

However, 2018 has been a good year so far for the Geordies, losing just five league games.

The season also ended on a high at St James’, with Rafa Benitez’ men beating top-four chasing Chelsea 3-0.

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Two additions in January, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and winger Kenedy, both gave United a major boost and were both key to their upturn in form.

As always, there has been talk of takeovers and investment, however, Mike Ashley is still in charge and it looks as though he will be for the foreseeable future.

We’ve taken a look at five things we have learnt from Newcastle’s season…