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Newcastle United Could Be In For A Transitional Period: What Should Howe Aim For This Season?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Newcastle United have endured a difficult campaign in the Premier League but are currently breathing a sigh of relief following a few good results in the league under Eddie Howe’s stewardship.

Newcastle’s Rollercoaster Season In English Football

The Magpies made a nightmare start to this season as they failed to earn any wins in the league until December. However, fresh under new ownership and following the appointment of Howe, the Tyneside outfit did manage to turn a corner and get themselves out of relegation danger in this calendar year. However, the Toon Army won’t be happy about their club’s poor performances in the domestic cup competitions which has left them with not much to cheer for in the coming weeks.

Newcastle have currently got little to play for but Howe would still expect his men to make a strong end to this campaign so that he can rebuild in the summer and fight for a major trophy next season.

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Newcastle United’s English head coach Eddie Howe applauds supporters after the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on March 17, 2022. – Everton won the game 1-0. (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Aim For This Season?

At the moment, the Magpies are sitting in 14th place, nine points above the relegation zone, with nine matches remaining in this Premier League campaign. But as mentioned earlier, they have already got knocked out of both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

Hence, they have not got much to play for other than ensuring their top-flight lives for another season. Still, Howe should use this situation as an opportunity to experiment more with his lineups and formations over the next few months.

Newcastle have got a few tough matches coming up against Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City respectively after this international break. Even then, the Tyneside outfit might relish the challenge as their players will be playing free of pressure and are hungry to prove their worth to Howe.

The Magpies boss needs to figure out a way to get the best out of Chris Wood and Allan Saint-Maximin in the final third. Otherwise, the St. James’ Park outfit might struggle to score enough goals when English football resumes at the start of next month.

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