Newcastle are currently on the lookout for a new manager after Spanish boss Rafa Benitez left the club earlier this month.
Benitez left upon the expiry of his contract with the club after failing to agree on an extension with Mike Ashley.
The Premier League side are now having to scout the globe in order to find a new manager to avoid relegation from the top-flight next season.
Sky Bet currently have Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez as the current favourite to take over on Tyneside.
Martinez led Belgium to 3rd-place in the World Cup last summer, beating England in the 3rd-place play-off in Russia.
The Spanish boss has plenty of Premier League experience under his belt, after several years in England managing both Wigan and Everton.
His preferred formation is 4-2-3-1, with two holding midfielders, two wingers, a number ten and a striker. So, if Newcastle brought him in, this is how they could line up next season…
Dubravka enjoyed another fine season with Newcastle in the Premier League as he impressed between the sticks. We predict that he would keep the number one shirt if Martinez walked in the door.
Martinez may want to improve his options at right-back if he joined the club. Signing talented young defender Reece James on loan from Chelsea would be a real coup for Newcastle.
The Newcastle captain was solid in the Premier League for the club last season. We predict that he would retain the captaincy, and his place in the side, if Martinez joined.
Schar was one of Newcastle’s best players last season and there is no doubt that he should be a starter for the club next term. He was superb at the back for Benitez throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Ritchie is not the most conventional fullback you will ever see, but he has the grit and the determination to win. He is also impressive going forward and is able to put in a killer cross.
Bringing in a well-respected coach like Roberto Martinez could convince talented midfielder Sean Longstaff to reject interest from elsewhere and stay at the club. Longstaff broke into the team last season and caught the eye with his performances.
There will be plenty of competition for the midfield positions for Newcastle, but Shelvey is a class above. When fit, he is one of the best central midfielders outside of the top six.
Newcastle need to replace Ayoze Perez after his £30m move to Leicester. They could look to reinvest that money into a deal to sign Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley, who was involved in 22 Championship goals last season.
Signed in January for a club-record fee, Almiron will be looking to hit the ground running next season after getting a full pre-season under his belt.
The talented winger is inconsistent but is always capable of producing a moment of magic. He could really kick on and become a key player for Newcastle next season if given the chance.
If Martinez is appointed as Newcastle’s next manager, he could look to bring Belgian international Michy Batshauyi to the club from Chelsea. Martinez has worked with Batshuayi during his time as the national team coach, which could help in negotiations.
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