One of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season, Newcastle United have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign. With manager Eddie Howe at the helm and a system of recruitment that has been working well, the Magpies look to be serious contenders for a top-four finish this season.
Since his arrival at St James’ Park during the last Premier League campaign, Howe has had Newcastle on the rise. Unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions before the break, Howe and his players were rightly getting plenty of plaudits for their efforts before the major tournament in Qatar.
Even the most optimistic of Newcastle supporters, who went through a lot under the former ownership, will have been pleasantly surprised to see their side lose just one of their first 14 Premier League games of the season.
Even that loss was a narrow defeat on Merseyside against Liverpool, from which Newcastle responded well. Five league wins on the bounce before the World Cup put the Magpies up into third place in the table, with just two points between themselves and reigning champions Manchester City.
It’s been an exciting start to the campaign for Newcastle, but Howe and his players will know nothing has been achieved just yet.
The upward trend of results has been hard to miss from the North East outfit this term. While tipsters also consider other markets such as team goals and match goals, the 1X2 markets get plenty of attention, and Newcastle’s results were certainly positive before the break for the 2022 World Cup. The best tipster picks available often around these markets, in which Newcastle certainly haven't disappointed.
Howe and his management team will be doing all they can to make sure that the upward trend of results continues after the major tournament in Qatar. With a transfer window around the corner, Newcastle could well be handed a boost in helping them achieve that consistency.
Having been taken over by a Saudi Arabia-backed ownership group, a host of the world’s best players were suddenly being linked with moves to St James’ Park.
However, Newcastle have been shrewd in their business in the transfer market, especially last January when they strengthened the squad to lift them well clear of the relegation zone.
The steady improvement of the squad, instead of a mass overhaul, has allowed Howe to gain the confidence of the group as they grow together.
Newcastle have spent money to bring the likes of Bruno Guimarães and Alexander Isak to the club, but the pair look to be strong acquisitions for the Magpies. Isak has endured a somewhat frustrating start in the Premier League due to injuries, but the Sweden international looks like he has what it takes to shine in England’s top flight. Guimarães arrived last January and the Brazil international has been earning great reviews in the North East.
With the way this team has grown under Howe and the way the club is operating its recruitment, there is plenty to be excited about for Newcastle supporters. It’s been a positive start to this campaign and there are signs this team can do something special this season and make a potential return to the Champions League.