Are Newcastle United reliable contenders for a prime six spot?


After a poor begin to the season which noticed them triumph in simply one among their opening seven Premier League fixtures, Newcastle United had been in dire want of a right away and vital reversal in kind after they returned from the worldwide break earlier this month. 

The Magpies at the moment are a membership which have comparatively excessive expectations after it was acquired by a Saudi-led consortium for £300 million in 2021 – and given how they’d carried out all through the primary couple of months of their 2022/23 marketing campaign – it was clear they weren’t dwelling as much as their lofty projections that noticed them the seventh favourites within the Premier League betting odds earlier than the season bought underway.

Couple that with the success they skilled within the second half of final season below the newly appointed supervisor Eddie Howe, and you would sense the strain was beginning to mount on the gamers and managerial workers at St James’ Park. Since coming back from the worldwide break nonetheless, they’ve answered their critics after which some – thrashing respectable outfits Brentford and Fulham 5-1 and 4-1 respectively.

Howe might be notably happy with the character of their wins, as they’ve performed a team-oriented model of soccer that has seen some key gamers return to good kind. One participant specifically who has been scintillating of late is Bruno Guimaraes, whose brace towards Brentford highlighted the big quantity of sophistication the 24-year-old possesses.

The Brazilian worldwide joined Newcastle from French membership Lyon for £35 million in January – and is starting to determine himself as one of many prime midfielders within the league. Moreover, right-back Kieran Trippier has justified his pre-season re-signing in current performances, as he has confirmed a stage of poise and creativity on the again that has oftentimes been the catalyst for his or her successes up the sphere. 

Nonetheless, each males have been coping with niggling accidents, one thing that Howe is monitoring intently.

“He (Trippier) simply had a little bit of fatigue I feel right this moment. He’s come again from England obligation the place he didn’t play, and that two weeks can typically simply knock a participant’s regular routine and schedule,” Howe stated within the aftermath of the Brentford victory.

“Contact wooden, there’s no harm with him, however we’re simply making an attempt to take care of him actually and get him by these video games.”

Equally, United workers are protecting a detailed eye on Guimaraes to make sure he doesn’t irritate a hamstring harm he has not too long ago recovered from.

“I stated to him to run himself out, after which as soon as he was completed, let me know,” he stated.

“I feel the fantastic thing about Bruno is that he gained’t let the group down – when he will get to the purpose the place he’s completed and completed, he’s clearly increase his health ranges after his harm, then he takes accountability and lets me know. I used to be in a position to withdraw him.”

With the break for the Qatar World Cup quickly approaching, Newcastle might be hoping to solidify their spot within the prime six earlier than the top of November – and they’re within the field seat to take action with winnable video games towards Everton, Aston Villa and Southampton. They’ll have their work minimize out towards the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea nonetheless, who, on the time of writing, are above them within the league desk.

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Final modified: October 21, 2022