Newcastle United’s progress has been remarkable since Eddie Howe took over. From a favorite last season to one of the in form teams in England, he completely changed the club’s fortunes in just a few months.
The Magpies have already supported him throughout his tenure, but they can’t afford to stop now.
Newcastle Have done the right thing by rewarding Howe with a new long-term deal, and will have the support he already has on the pitch.
Before the game with Nottingham Forest, director of football Dan Ashworth takes a tour of the media lounge introducing himself – all is well at St James’s Park this Saturday evening, backed by his opening day win. Newcastle entered the weekend with a terrific record over the past decade, winning two, drawing one and losing seven of their curtain lifters.
The win at Forrest was not a classic, but Newcastle dominated with over 60% possession and the visitors did not have a single shot on target. But only 10 shots on target for Newcastle came from his dominance and told some real issues that remained for Howe.
They started with Alain Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron, but are they good enough? It all depends on Newcastle’s ambitions but clearly they are the major weak points in this side.
after beating forest, Howe reaffirmed his happiness with the players he had but also acknowledged that something was missing. He knows what he lacks – the club’s interest in the likes of Moussa Diaby, James Madison and Jack Harrison indicates what he wants.
“I don’t think anything changes my mind [after this performance]My squad is excellent and I would like to add some qualities to it.”
That’s the key. Howe wants ‘quality’ and that is the message for the club’s hierarchy. He did so in January with Bruno Guimaraes – already Newcastle’s best player and boss singing his praises after Saturday’s win – stating that he had ‘clamped down’ on Forrest’s big name signing Jesse Lingard. What a wonderful job.
Lingard’s tremendous performance was also a good indicator for Newcastle as it is about quality and not quantity at this stage.
Lingard was actually more than happy to cheat on the day Forest needed him and Newcastle, one of the teams that refused to meet his wage demands when he was a free agent over the summer, they May think they are better off looking elsewhere.
Newcastle now have a couple of weeks to fix it transfer window September 1 closes and actually gives Howe the ammunition he needs to challenge the table as much as possible. If they do, it could be a very special season on Tyneside.