Has 2012 been a good year for Newcastle United?

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Newcastle United have had a topsy turvy 2012 - As it comes to a close, we ask, has it been a good one?

Newcastle currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League, and a loss to QPR this weekend will be another real setback.

There is an underlying fear that the club could suddenly be dragged into a relegation scrap- They are just two points ahead of Wigan in 18th place - Even with the immense talent at their disposal.

It is a sudden change in perspective from the side which was battling for a Champions League place in the spring, and finish in fifth position; their highest finish in almost a decade.

The change in fortunes is stark, and so the club now need to hope their recent decline is just a temporary glitch.

Here are the high points and low points...

Highs...

- Papiss Cisses' signing and superb impact, 13 goals in 15 games.

- Papiss Cisse's incredible goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

- Hatem Ben Arfa's wondergoals.

- Newcastle hang onto all of their star names, tying Krul and Coloccini down to new contracts.

- Champions League push- At one point it really did seem as though the Toon could do it.

- Qualifying for and playing in the Europa League, and progressing to the last 32.

- However bad it gets, Sunderland are worse.

Lows...

- Long-term injuries suffered by Ryan Taylor and Yohan Cabaye.

- Demba Ba's lack of commitment to signing a new deal and flirtation with other clubs.

- Rumours over Andy Carroll returning to the club keep swirling.

- Low league position may leave club sweating over top stars in January.

- Cheik Tiote's constant injury niggles.

- Papiss Cisse's poor form this season looking like a shadow of the player the previous season.

In between: 

Alan Pardew handed an eight-year deal - Is this a positive or negative?!

So has this year been a good one for Newcastle? We want you to tell us. What is your opinion of the team's fortunes in 2012?

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