6. Siem De Jong
The Dutchman is fighting for his life on Tyneside, having been offered one last chance to impress under Rafa Benitez. His sharp turn and inch-perfect pass to set up Dwight Gayle against Hearts showed just what he’s capable of. He is yet to get injured (touch wood!) and has faired better physically than some may have expected, however must overcome his tendency to drift out of games – as impressive as his flashes of his quality and composure may be.