Newcastle must replace outgoing stars this summer (1)

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Newcastle United may have clung onto a top-half finish as the Premier League wrapped up in May, but a torrid final few months of the season left a bitter taste for Magpies supporters.

The team struggled badly following the departure of Yohan Cabaye in January - losing heavily and playing an unattractive brand of football - and manager Alan Pardew will need to make improvements in time for the new campaign.

While the United boss appeared unable to supply his charges with the required motivation and tactics in the spring, he is secure in his job and the changes must instead be made to the playing staff.

Newcastle have already seen Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy return to their parent clubs, while Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling were the most high-profile men to be released.

James Tavernier has also left - signing for Wigan Athletic.

There have, however, been three new additions at St James' Park.

Luuk's brother Siem de Jong has arrived for a significant fee from Ajax, with Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback joining from Tenerife and rivals Sunderland respectively.

Rumours continue to circulate with regards to both inbound and outbound transfers, as it appears to be all-change in NE1.

We've had a look at four squad adaptations that would benefit the Magpies come August.

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Danny Ings
Micah Richards
Mehdi Abeid
Newcastle United
Premier League

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