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What will new manager Eddie Howe bring to Newcastle?

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Following the long-awaited appointment of new manager Eddie Howe yesterday afternoon Newcastle fans will be eager to see what impact the 43-year-old Englishman can have as the club finally enters a new era.

But what will the new boss bring to Newcastle United?

In his time at Bournemouth, Howe took the Cherries from the bottom of the Football League to the top half of the Premier League – finishing an impressive 9th place in 2016/17. Suggesting a great deal of coaching prowess.

The south coast club had a five year stint in the top flight of English football and put together a number of good performances. Perhaps their best being the 3-0 away win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2018. 

During his journey to the Premier League, Howe formed a squad that had a strong bond and was united around the common goal of reaching the heights of the top division. 

Players were constantly reminded they were representing the fans and had to play for them. Something the new Magpie boss needs to tap into if he is to be a success on Tyneside. The bond between Newcastle fans and players has been damaged for far too long. 

Howe has worked closely with three players in the current Newcastle squad and will be hopeful he can have a positive impact on their performances, especially Ryan Fraser who is yet to perform in the black and white stripes.

Both Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie thrived under the management of Howe and will be looking to replicate their previous performances under him. They have been important players for the Mags this season and have often played well without much reward. 

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Ritchie has created the fifth most chances in the Premier League this season with 24 chances created and Wilson has netted four times, scoring 25% of Newcastle goals in the league.

Formation and getting the best out of the current squad

In his time in management Howe has experimented with a number of formations but is best known for his 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 set-up. He adopts a strong team environment where all players work together rather than focusing on individual talent.

His style allows players to play attacking football through a patient build-up from defence to attack and encourages full-backs to push higher taking their opponents into one-on-one battles. Defenders are tasked with dispossessing their opponents quickly and getting their team back on the front foot.  

The main aim of his tactics are to remain on top of the opposition for extended periods by having a high defensive line and pressing from the front. To Howe, attack is the best form of defence.

For the first 11 games of the season, the Mags have been set up to soak up opposition pressure and play on the counter-attack. However, their current position in the table tells you everything you need to know – it’s time for a change.

Howe’s first decision is likely to be getting rid of the defensive five at-the-back and moving to a more progressive formation to help get the best out of the likes of Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximum and Joe Willock. 

The team has only scored 12 goals this campaign.

The core of the team is likely to stay the same for the time being as United are unable to add more quality to the squad until January. Fernandez may return to centre-back as a better passer of the ball than Ciaran Clark. Regular starters Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron are likely to retain their places. 

There’s no doubt that improvements are needed in the New Year and Howe’s work in the transfer market is key for him to be successful at St. James’ Park. 

Adopting an attacking style

As previously mentioned, Howe is renowned for his aggressive, intense and attacking brand of football which Newcastle fans have been starved of for years. His teams set up to defend from the front with a focus on playing progressive and exciting football – a coach willing to take risks. 

Unlike previous Newcastle managers under Mike Ashley, Howe takes a front foot approach and likes to push his teams up the pitch to put pressure on their opponents – this will surely get Toon fans on the edge of their seats?

However, it won’t be plain sailing and fans will have to remain patient as Howe integrates his philosophy into the current squad. Newcastle currently sit in the relegation zone and are without a win this season. 

Former Bournemouth defender Simon Francis, who worked closely with Howe has commented on his new role at Newcastle:

“I think the fans want something to get behind a team that’s going to create chances, and I can almost guarantee that that will happen.

“He will bring a good feeling into the camp straight away because his training sessions are intensive, they’re enjoyable and they get you thinking.”

Tommy Elphick, who played alongside Francis at the Cherries adds:

“He (Howe) spends a lot of time getting to know his players and the great thing he did at Bournemouth was he really tapped into the history of the club.

“He made us proud to wear the shirt, and got us in a way that resonated with the fans.”

There’s no doubt that Howe’s philosophy will bring hope to the city but Newcastle are desperate for points and need their new man to hit the ground running to ensure the squad climbs to safety. 

A difficult Christmas period looms for the Magpies who need to get some points on the board in their next four games if they are to have a good chance of maintaining their Premier League status come May. 

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Is Howe’s attacking style of play just what Newcastle need? Or could it be a baptism of fire as the Mags continue to have a poor defensive record and leak goals at the back?

In the 2017/18 Premier League season the Englishman guided the Cherries to a respectable 12th position after finding themselves second bottom after 10 games. Howe will be looking to this replicate in his time at St. James’.

Can Howe adapt to life at Newcastle and be pragmatic to ensure Newcastle stay in the Premier League?

A more pragmatic approach may have to be taken until the new manager can make improvements to the squad and make the team harder to beat. 

Football is a game of attack vs defence and Howe needs to adopt a style that captures the hearts of the Geordie faithful whilst remaining measured and practical. 

During their five Premier League campaigns, Bournemouth were in the bottom three for the majority of seasons for goals conceded but sat seventh-highest scorers on more than on occasion. 

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Questions will be asked of Howe’s “gung-ho” style but can his attacking tactics turn goal-shy Newcastle into a free scoring team who pick up enough points to achieve Premier League survival. 

When asked about the Howe’s remit as Newcastle boss, Simon Francis said:

“I think they (Newcastle fans) will see a difference almost in their first game. From what I’ve seen over the past couple of years at Newcastle, they have been very cautious in games and sat off teams, not just the top teams, but let a lot of teams within the division to have the ball for large periods.

He added:

“The reality is that they’re in a relegation battle, but he’ll assess the situation, he’ll think of the best way to get the best team out there on a match day and get the best results possible as quickly as possible.”

Spend big or look for premier league experience?

Perhaps one of the most controversial topics when it comes to Eddie Howe’s appointment is his ability to sign influential players in the transfer window. At Bournemouth the budget was always limited and therefore the calibre of player the club could attract was lower. 

However, when he did spend big, Howe got it wrong on a couple of occasions. The most notable being his £15million signing of Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe and the £19million pound purchase of striker Dominic Solanke. 

On the other hand, there have been many occasions where the 43-year-old has got it spot on and been overlooked. 

The signing of Nathan Ake for £20million is a bargain in the modern-day market as the Dutch centre-back became a stalwart in defence for the Cherries. Both Jefferson Lerma and Phillip Billing may have played a part in their relegation but have remained popular names within the side at the Vitality Stadium. They are a vital part in their quest for promotion from the Championship. 

With the number of high quality players linked with Newcastle after their Saudi-led takeover last month, will Newcastle be big spenders as suggested?

Or will Howe be looking towards Premier League experience to help turn the tide for his team who currently find themselves rooted in the relegation zone. 

One thing is for sure, new signings need to be integrated into the squad quickly and have an immediate influence on results. 

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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