There’s plenty of excitement surrounding Newcastle (5/2 Top 6 finish) ahead of 2022-23 with new owners in place and some high-level additions to the squad.
Newcastle’s big-money takeover by the Saudi Arabian-backed Public Investment Fund was completed in October and there was an almost immediate improvement in results.
The Magpies sat 19th and without a win when the new owners arrived, but a change in management, with Steve Bruce replaced by Eddie Howe, and some January investment in the squad, was enough to help them finish in 11th.
Howe has been well backed in the transfer market once again this summer but he needs to ensure each of those new arrivals can bed in.
Hopes for the new season
For the first time in a long while, Newcastle fans are heading into a new campaign with a huge amount of optimism.
Many have tipped the Magpies (8/1 Top 4 finish) to challenge for a European berth in 2022-23 and it’s easy to understand why.
Newcastle ended last term with the sixth-worst defensive record, conceding 62 times, so it’s no surprise that Howe’s focus has been on strengthening at the back.
He has added five defenders and one goalkeeper to his ranks to try and improve their fortunes in the defensive third.
Improving on last season’s 11th place finish and securing a top-half spot will be the minimum expectation.
Newcastle (16/1 FA Cup outright) haven’t won a cup competition since lifting the FA Cup in 1955 and Howe will be hoping to end that drought in either that competition or the League Cup.
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Arrivals and departures
Alex Murphy – Undisclosed – Galway United
Matt Targett – £15million – Aston Villa
Nick Pope – £10million – Burnley
Sven Botman – £35million – Lille
Jordan Hackett – Free – Tottenham
Charlie McArthur – Undisclosed – Kilmarnock
Lewis Cass – Free – Port Vale
Freddie Woodman – Undisclosed – Preston
Thomas Allan – Released – Gateshead
Piotr Banda – Released
Ryan Barrett – Released
Liam Chrystal – Released
Bradley Cross – Released
Joel Green – Released
Oisin McEntee – Released – Walsall
Josh Nicholson – Released
Nathan Robertson – Released
Mohammed Sangare – Released – Accrington Stanley
Reagan Thomson – Released
Jake Turner – Released – Gillingham
Adam Wilson – Released
Dwight Gayle – Free – Stoke City
Isaac Hayden – Loan – Norwich
Dan Langley – Loan – Gateshead
Jeff Hendrick – Loan – Reading
Ciaran Clark – Loan – Sheffield United
Allan Saint-Maximin (150/1 Premier League top scorer), who netted five Premier League goals, was Newcastle’s most exciting attacking asset last season, although Callum Wilson (50/1) was the club’s top scorer with eight in the top-flight.
That pair will likely be key to Newcastle’s hopes of kicking on in 2022-23, however, Bruno Guimaraes could prove to be their star man.
Guimaraes joined from Lyon in a £33million deal in January and Howe slowly introduced him to the side.
The Brazilian’s first six appearances came from the bench but he netted on his maiden start in a 2-1 win over Southampton.
He went on to end the term with five goals and one assist from 17 league outings and just 11 of those came from the start.
Howe was known for playing on the counter during his time with Bournemouth and that would often lead to high-scoring and exciting contests.
That trend continued last season with the Magpies, as 12 of his 27 games in charge saw over 2.5 goals scored, while over 1.5 goals landed on 19 occasions.
The 44-year-old settled on a 4-3-3 and he has plenty of options to continue with that formation during the upcoming season.
Last season – 11th
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