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The biggest problems Newcastle United must solve as they prepare for new Premier League season

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If Newcastle are to defy low Premier League expectations then they need key performers to consistently step up to the plate.

That primarily means Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin avoiding lengthy periods of inactivity which blighted them last season and has done so again in the build up to this.

It also means expected arrival Joe Willock finding those goalscoring boots he threw in the back of the cupboard come the end of last season.

However it's those further down the line who could influence just as much and who United need to emerge from the pack.

Ryan Fraser has to show his commitment to the cause and rise to levels his ability suggests he can after a poor debut season.

Jacob Murphy needs to push on following a stuttering start to his SJP career with his natural wide play adding a vital dimension United require to get the best out of Wilson.

Miggy Almiron must find his best position to utilise his relentless running to the full while adding more goals to his repertoire.

And with Martin Dubravka injured, Freddie Woodman, unexpectedly given a........

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