One thing which hasn’t changed at Newcastle under Eddie Howe

Posted on April 12th, 2022 | No Comments |

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Undoubtedly, things have improved at St James’ Park since the early days of this season, when the Magpies were struggling to get out the bottom three. However, there is one thing which hasn’t changed, and has actually got marginally worse in the 20 games since Eddie Howe took over, goals, or lack of them.

Eddie Howe’s record for goals scored per game is actually lower than Steve Bruce’s was in the first eight games of the season before he was sacked. Whilst Bruce’s side scored an average of 1.25 goals per game, in his 20 games so far, Howe’s side has managed only 11 goals, with a goals per game average of only 1.1.

Don’t get me wrong, Newcastle United’s relegation odds used to be 5/4 whilst nowadays, looking through what is on offer from the major betting companies, odds of 60/1 can now be found at topsportsbetting.com. But despite an very good run of games so far this year with 7 won, 2 drawn and 3 lost, it took some solid defensive play to win those points as the Magpies only scored 15 goals in those 12 games, an average of 1.25 goals per game.

So, whilst the improvement in defence has undoubtedly pulled the Magpies from the edge of the abyss, the effectiveness in attack hasn’t changed at all, and the team still has a long way to go. This consistent lack of goals is a persistent problem which has dogged Newcastle United for a long time, but is it a problem which can be solved by merely by spalshing more money in the Summer, or is a change of thinking required? After all, when the club last decided to spend £40 million on a striker, they came back with Joelinton, a man who has recently found redemption in midfield, but was signed as a star striker when he was nothing of the sort. More relevantly, even the current regime spent another £25 million buying yet another big ‘target man’, Chris Wood, a player who has scored only 5 goals in 33 games for Burnley and Newcastle this season.

Of course, there is the Emile Heskey argument that big target men like Wood can hold the ball up and worry defenders whilst others get involved but that hasn’t been been working neither. Times have changed and Newcastle United are still stuck in the 20th Century. They have come a long way in the months since Howe took over, but they still have a long way to go.

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