The battle of the Longstaffs, Saint-Maximin pace & positives return - our writer Liam Kennedy reflects on Newcastle United's pre-season end

In a summer of turmoil and unrest, positives have emerged towards the end of what was looking like the pre-season from hell for Newcastle United.

By Liam Kennedy
Sunday, 04 August, 2019, 08:00

No manager, no additions and the loss of their top two goalscorers – roll the clock back three weeks, things looked bleak on Tyneside.

Now there’s no guarantee brighter days lie ahead but things certainly aren’t so gloomy.

Watch our writer Liam Kennedy dissect some of the finer points from yesterday’s St-Etienne win and the summer as a whole.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United is seen in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and AS Saint - Etienne at St. James Park on August 03, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Matty Longstaff of Newcastle United scores his team's second goal during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and AS Saint - Etienne at St. James Park on August 03, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)