Newcastle United’s progress has been exceptional since Eddie Howe took cost. From favourites for relegation to one of many kind groups in England final season, he utterly remodeled the membership’s fortunes in a matter of months.
The Magpies have already backed him all through his tenure however they will’t afford to cease now.
Newcastle have accomplished the precise factor by rewarding Howe with a brand new long-term deal, they usually have to present him the backing on the pitch, past what they have already got.
Earlier than the sport with Nottingham Forest, director of soccer Dan Ashworth did a stroll by means of of the media lounge introducing himself – all is nice at St James’ Park this Saturday night, backed up by their opening day win. Newcastle got here into the weekend’s win with a horrendous document within the final decade profitable two, drawing one and shedding seven of their curtain raisers.
The win over Forest was not a basic however Newcastle have been dominate with over 60% possession and the guests didn’t have a shot on track. However solely 10 pictures on track for Newcastle got here from their dominance and tells among the actual points that stay for Howe.
He began with Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron, however are they adequate? That every one is dependent upon Newcastle’s ambitions however clearly they’re the most important weak level on this aspect.
After beating Forest, Howe confirmed his happiness with the gamers at his disposal but in addition admitted one thing is lacking. He is aware of what’s missing – the membership’s curiosity within the likes of Moussa Diaby, James Maddison and Jack Harrison signifies simply what he desires.
“I don’t assume something modifications something from my view [after this performance], my squad is superb and I’d love so as to add some high quality to that,” he stated.
That’s key. Howe desires ‘high quality’ and that’s the message to the membership’s hierarchy. They did that in January with Bruno Guimaraes – already Newcastle’s finest participant and the boss was singing his praises after Saturday’s win – mentioning what a superb job he did ‘clamping down’ on Forest’s huge identify signing Jesse Lingard.
Lingard’s underwhelming efficiency was additionally a great pointer for Newcastle as it’s all about high quality not amount for them at this stage.
Lingard actually flattered to deceive on a day when Forest wanted him and Newcastle, who have been one of many groups who refused to fulfill his wage calls for when he was a free agent in the summertime, would possibly assume they have been higher off trying elsewhere.
Newcastle now have an enormous few weeks to get it proper earlier than the switch window closes on 1 September and actually give Howe the ammunition he must problem as excessive up the desk as attainable. In the event that they do, it might be a really particular season on Tyneside.