The other day whilst I was having a wander around our magnificent city, I began thinking about something …what do the fans think of the current situation that they find their beloved Newcastle United football club in?

So to find out I asked around my friends, family and even some people on various social media platforms to see what they said.

Out of the majority people I asked, there was two areas that seemed to be mentioned quite frequently. The first topic of interest was about the current players in the squad and secondly, the new owners and their plans for the club.

Let’s talk about the first theme to start off with… the current crop of players we have at Newcastle United. Over the first set of fixtures, we have been let down by our back line on a regular basis. For some reason unbeknown to man, we have players such as Fernandez and Schar who can’t get a game for the club yet Lascelles and Clark constantly get picked despite lacklustre performances. When Clark is paired with a decent CB like Schar or Fernandez, he plays well and looks solid but when he plays with Lascelles he is often left hung out to dry and exposed. Matt Ritchie is another player who is a hot topic when it comes to Newcastle United fans, you can’t fault his passion when it comes to the game but does he have what it takes to play in the Premier League with the next generation of pacey players? In my opinion, it’s a no. Moving forward to our attacking players who on paper are amongst the most attacking and dangerous in the league… they haven’t had the success they would have liked either despite the talent they have got between themselves. This isn’t necessarily always down to them though; they can only do so much themselves if the players in the middle of the park don’t give them the chances.

This brings me on to the second topic which is regarding the new owners and their plans moving forward. It has been a hectic few weeks since Amanda Staveley and Co took over the reigns at St James Park and already they have started the process of reconstructing the club. They have installed Eddie Howe as the new manager and I believe it is an excellent appointment as he is young, experienced in the Premier League and what he done with Bournemouth is exceptional. With this appointment, there is a new sense of belief and excitement around the city that hasn’t been felt in nearly fifteen years. It has been rumoured that the owners will give Eddie Howe a staggering £200million to bring in much needed reinforcements.

During the few press-conferences/interviews Eddie Howe has done since he became manager of our club, he has always been very well spoken and when he talks about the stature of NUFC he does it with a smile on his face. Even though he had a great relationship at Bournemouth with the fans, it wouldn’t have been the same as 52,000 Geordies getting behind the team on or chanting his name. The recent match at home to Brentford would have been his first game in the dugout and he was relishing the thought of walking out the tunnel to a packed crowd. Unfortunately, due to him testing positive for Covid-19 during a routine test, that wasn’t to be as he had to watch from his hotel room and let his assistant’s guide the team. Despite the 3-3 draw and the fact he couldn’t be present at the ground, you could tell that the new era was starting. The team were more attacking from the start and despite conceding three goals, they didn’t give up and fought for every ball. Players such as Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser were amongst the top performers and you could tell that they were giving it all for the shirt.

If this is the impact that Eddie Howe has had in just two weeks with the players, imagine what we can be like for the rest of the season and beyond. The future is looking bright for Newcastle United and the fans have something to be hopeful about. It has been a long time coming but Newcastle is once more a club to be proud of.

 

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