The football landscape in England looks very different than it did about a year ago.
Manchester City and especially Liverpool seem far from untouchable powers, and Manchester United and especially Arsenal, do not seem to be grateful for the deception, and Newcastle It looks like a completely different team.
The Magpies’ lead under Eddie Howe was nothing short of jaw-dropping. Combining solid solidity at the back with powerful, exciting football going forward, Newcastle United are dynamic, dangerous and simply delicious.
Indeed, from fighting relegation upon Howe’s appointment, the club is now aiming for European football’s elite. Fans may dream of the Premier League title, however Champions League Qualifying for the first time in nearly two decades is becoming less and less a fantasy at St James’ Park.
Here’s what’s in store for the trip to the big time.
Having the best defense in the Premier League and just one defeat in the first half of the 2022/23 campaign, Howe’s Magpies are flying high. The club currently sits third in the table after 19 matches, so they are well positioned to move forward into fourth place.
However, there is still a long way to go, and with trips to Manchester City and Chelsea as well as home fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, a lot could change by May.
Having only lost once to the ‘Big Six’ so far this term, however, even the most pessimistic Newcastle fan can feel an uncontrollable urge to feel hopeful.
The Magpies boast a record two points per game to date, with a total of 76 coming in had they continued down the same trajectory – that would have seen them achieve a top four finish in the previous eight seasons.
Of course, Newcastle has yet to play 19 matches Premier League last season, but their flawlessly consistent form so far and the current five-point advantage they hold from fifth-placed Tottenham come as good signs.