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Has Miguel Almiron justified his club-record transfer to Newcastle United?

February 22nd, 2020 | No Comments |

Miguel Almiron
Almiron – Still has a lot to do to prove himself.
Miguel Almiron’s signing with Newcastle United just over a year ago was textbook Rafael Benitez, the Paraguayan’s transfer wasn’t too dissimilar to the many players Benitez signed at Liverpool, seeking to find a hidden gem while still paying a decent amount for their services. As Newcastle United supporters are gearing up for the club’s FA Cup fifth round match versus West Brom, supporters can click here to get the latest bet bonuses to wager on the Magpies when they meet the Baggies in the cup. (more…)


Why Newcastle should still be concerned over final third inefficiency

February 12th, 2020 | No Comments |

Joelinton
Joelinton – Only 1 goal in 25 Premier League games
Newcastle United have managed to defy trends this season to keep themselves away from trouble at the bottom of the Premier League. Statistically the Magpies have endured an unremarkable campaign, scoring only 24 goals in their 25 matches. Crystal Palace (23) are the only side in the top flight to have found the net on fewer occasions at the time of writing, which could be a cause for concern for Steve Bruce as his team approach the final stretch of the 2019/20 season.

With or without scoring, just getting shots on target has also been the problem; once again, the Magpies are in the bottom three there as well with only 82, only Burnley (80) and Crystal Palace (79) have fewer. (more…)


What can we learn from Newcastle United’s Premier League victories this season?

January 23rd, 2020 | No Comments |

Matt Longstaff.
A perfect debut for Matty Longstaff vs Man Utd.
It continues to be a season of ups and downs for Newcastle United as we continue to hover around mid-table. However, in the world of reduced expectations under Mike Ashley, 24 matches with 30 points, along with 4 teams and 7 points between Newcastle United and the relegation places seems like quite a good place to be all things considered. The Magpies find themselves only needing 10 points from their remaining 14 games to reach the 40 points usually seen as ensuring survival in the Premier League, with the potential to do much better and cement another place in mid table.

The team are also 6 points better off than they were at the same point last season, and that under a former Champions League winner in Rafael Benitez, though a very poor start last season was compensated for by a much better finish which saw Newcastle finish one place higher than the 14th place Newcastle United hold at the time of writing this piece. (more…)


Time for Newcastle to turn to Andy Carroll?

October 22nd, 2019 | No Comments |

Andy Carroll
Could Carroll make the difference?
On the eve of the current season, new manager Steve Bruce spoke openly about the need to increase Newcastle’s goal output.

They netted just 42 last term, but owner Mike Ashley did – finally – open the purse strings in a bid to address the problem. A club-record £40 million was splashed on Joelinton alone, while wide man Allan Saint-Maximin arrived with a strong reputation from Nice.

It left Bruce feeling confident: “If you’ve got someone at the top end of the pitch that scores, you’re always in the game”, he said. “We have to cause the other teams a threat – we have that threat now.” (more…)


What’s Next for Newcastle Following Carabao Cup Defeat to Leicester City?

August 30th, 2019 | No Comments |

Yoshinori Muto goal
Yoshinori Muto celebrates a rare goal against Leicester
To say that Newcastle have enjoyed a mixed start to the season would be somewhat of an understatement. After Steve Bruce was announced as Rafa Benitez’s successor back in July, it’s clear that the fanbase was divided in their opinions of the future direction that Mike Ashley was looking to take the club in, especially after the departure of Ayoze Perez. An opening day defeat against Arsenal was followed up with a loss against Norwich thanks to three Teemu Pukki goals before the Magpies looked to have found their stride after shocking Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side with a one-goal victory in London.

With reports of poor warm-ups and much more surrounding Newcastle and their new boss, the win over Spurs injected new hope into their passionate supporters. Although a handful of supporters had hoped for a good run in this season’s Carabao Cup, the spirited display against Leicester City which ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat has highlighted that their application and spirit cannot be questioned. As a result of that, we’re going to consider what the aims should be for the remainder of the season following the recent cup exit. (more…)