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Are Newcastle on another road to nowhere in 2021/22 campaign?

Posted on July 9th, 2021 | No Comments |

Magpies in the mud?
Are the Magpies still stuck in the mud?
Newcastle United finished the 2020/21 campaign on a high note with an impressive run of results that allowed the club to place at 12th in the Premier League. The club has summed up mid-table mediocrity since their return to the top flight in 2017. Dating back further, the Magpies have finished in the top half on only three occasions since owner Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007.

Steve Bruce’s men flirted with relegation for a long period of time in the second half of last season. Fulham’s poor form saved the Toon from dropping into the bottom three before Joe Willock inspired a run of five wins from their final eight matches of the season. Few supporters were satisfied with the campaign, which ended in an all too familiar feeling of non-accomplishment.

Their performances in the cup competitions were once again underwhelming, Championship side Brentford knocked the club out of the EFL Cup in the quarter-finals, spurning a great chance to advance to the last four in the competition for the first time since the 1975/76 season. The FA Cup was a similar story, suffering a third-round exit at the hands of Arsenal.

As a club, Newcastle appears to have no aim for success other than remaining in the Premier League. Even that has been an issue over the last decade, as they have suffered two relegations. The Magpies are 9/4 in the Premier League betting odds to be relegated from the top flight for the third time in Ashley’s tenure as owner. The Tynesiders have continually linked with takeovers, but none have to come to fruition. Unless those are resolved, the club appears to be on the road to nowhere.

There have been moments of sunshine to break up the dark clouds that have hung over St James’ Park for too long. Callum Wilson was exceptional following his move from Bournemouth, notching 12 goals before an injury sidelined him for a long portion of the second half of the term. Allan Saint-Maximin has also been an excellent signing for the club. He has dazzled with his pace and skill along with taking the region to his heart.

When the duo were unavailable, the Magpies’ form took a massive dip, highlighting the need for the two players to remain both at the club and on the pitch. If Wilson were to leave or suffer another serious injury, as he did during his time with Bournemouth, the results could be catastrophic for Bruce and his team. Even with those players in the ranks, it took the presence of Willock to liven up the team towards the end of the season. The midfielder provided a much-needed shot in the arm with a sensational scoring run, and his transfer fee will test the ambition of the Newcastle hierarchy.

Bruce is under pressure. He’s not a popular figure among Newcastle supporters and has not achieved anything of note in his managerial career other than a steady mid-table presence at best. Unless the Magpies fall drastically into the bottom three of the table he is going nowhere, much like the club. Newcastle is stuck in the mud at the moment, and fans like the rest of the footballing world are left wondering when matters will change at St James’ Park.

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