With the new Premier League season just days away, attentions will naturally focus on the wealth of new talent that has arrived in England over the summer months.
But for a number of players at Newcastle United, the upcoming campaign represents a notable crossroads in their St. James’ Park careers.
With nine signings through the door on Tyneside, Alan Pardew’s starting XI for their opener against Manchester City on Sunday will have a fresh and unfamiliar feel to it.
Some of the squad’s more established names, however, have some bridges to build after a testing spell last term that saw the Magpies suffer a string of heavy defeats.
So as the top flight prepares to spring into life once more, Bleacher Report takes a close look at five Toon stars who have a point to prove once the action gets underway.