Newcastle United secured a 13th-place finish on Sunday after brushing aside relegated Fulham 4-0 at Craven Cottage.
Fulham had plenty of possession against Rafa Benitez’s side however were unable to hit the target more than twice.
Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring for the Magpies with his first goal in over a year, hitting a lovely volley from just inside the box into the opposite corner of the net.
Only a couple of minutes later Ayoze Perez tapped home after ‘keeper Sergio Rico fumbled a shot from Christian Atsu. The third came from a Fabian Schar header from one of Newcastle’s five corners.
Fulham rarely threatened the Newcastle goal despite scoring a goal that was eventually flagged offside. It wasn’t long before Salomon Rondon forced in the fourth after a goal-mouth scrap.
Fulham were happy once the full-time whistle blew, ending a season of misery in the Premier League. Rafa Benitez will be happy with his side’s performance and their season in general; but what have we learned since the first game of the season?
Salomon Rondon needs to be signed permanently
Newcastle have been looking for a top striker to lead the side for some time, and the loan signing of Rondon has only shown that Rafa needs to bring him to St James’ Park permanently. His future is likely to be a big talking point this summer.
The club needs some silverware
The Magpies saw an early exit to both the League Cup and the FA Cup this season, bowing out to Nottingham Forest and Watford. Would a good cup run boost the spirits of supporters? Benitez has been eager to prioritise the league this season.
There needs to be more attacking options in midfield
Newcastle have struggled while going forward due to the lack of creativity behind the strike force. The introduction of a creative attacking midfielder would definitely see more chances fall to the forwards. They’ll be hoping Miguel Almiron can be that man in his first full season at the club.
More questions over the club's ownership
The club has suffered under the ownership of Mike Ashley and yet more questions have been raised over whether enough money is being spent on the club, including transfers and recruitment. Fans are left wondering what could be with someone else at the helm.
Rafael Benitez must stay
The Spaniard is clearly the right man for the job, so before anything happens, the Newcastle board must push a new contract offer before he is enticed away elsewhere. He has been crucial in keeping the club in the Premier League.
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