Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp analyses Newcastle United's 2013/14 season, including picking his star man, and we have also teamed up with Opta to assess the strengths and weaknesses in attack and defence
Last Updated: 15/05/14 2:09pm
JAMIE REDKNAPP'S VIEW"Newcastle had such a good start it raised expectations but when they sold Yohan Cabaye, the club ran out of steam and energy, finished so badly, and it ended up being a major disappointment.
"On top of that, there was the misdemeanour with Alan Pardew, which we do not want to see in the game. Their best player, Loic Remy, was only on loan, so he goes back to Queens Park Rangers now, and Newcastle need to inject some new blood into the team to freshen it up. They have got to go again this summer or otherwise it will be another disappointing season next year."
STAR MAN: LOIC REMY
Jamie says: "Scored plenty of goals in a struggling team and has enhanced his reputation"
Remy was Newcastle’s top scorer with 14 goals and double the total of their next best at finding the back of the net in the Premier League, Cabaye, who left in January. Frenchman Remy averaged 3.5 shots per game, making his loan arrival from QPR one of the signings of the season.
FANZONE - By Alan Jewels
Beating Manchester United at Old Trafford before it became fashionable, giving the Toon their first league victory at the ground since 1972, was a personal highlight. Newcastle’s midfield, run by Cabaye, showed glimpses of the attractive brand of football for which the club were once well known. The biggest low of the season is not the double hammering at the hands of rivals Sunderland, but rather the ostracising of Hatem Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa is not just a talented player with so-called 'attitude problems', he represents the hope, belief and excitement which have long been missing throughout the season.