Following their big spend in the January transfer window the passion and belief is back at St. James’ Park and within the team. However, there is no getting away from the word relegation for Newcastle United, as they sit just 5 points above the drop zone.
It took the team 15 weeks to secure their first win of the season, although Eddie Howe’s side has seen their luck change in recent weeks as they secured three wins in a row over Leeds, Everton and Aston Villa. After splashing the cash in January, the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimarães and Dan Burn were brought in. These new signings have appeared to bring a new lease of life into the team – despite a string of injuries following.
Following the Everton fixture, there were rumours that Newcastle’s new star Kieran Trippier may have picked up an injury and it was debated whether he would play against Aston Villa. Despite this the England right-back was in the starting line-up and scored the winner but was however subbed during the 48th minute. It is now reported that the 31-year-old has now had an operation on his foot with Howe stating, “We aim to have him back before the end of the season.” The new stand out man also took the captains arm band during the Villa match - over Jamaal Lascelles who missed the match through illness.
Javier Manquillo was also added to the injury list as he was subbed before half time in the 1-0 Villa victory, it is suspected the full-back won’t be out for a lengthy time and should be back to play against Brighton on the 5th of March. The Magpies have already been without their key striker for many weeks as Callum Wilson is still recovering from an injury picked up in the draw against Manchester United in December.
Despite a growing list of injuries, Newcastle has a lot to be happy about at the moment following their three consecutive wins. There is a noticeable shift in the team playing currently compared to the team at the start of the season, with players now thriving under the management of Eddie Howe. Signed striker Joelinton is proving his excellence in the Newcastle midfield, with the Brazilian recording top stats over other Premier League rivals in the last five games. It was also a debut to remember for Dan Burn in the Villa match as the defender brought some boyhood club passion to the pitch and picked up Man of the Match from Sky Sports. One of Newcastle’s key assets Allan Saint-Maximin is also excelling with Everton boss Frank Lampard labelling him as “unplayable” in the 3-1 defeat. The Frenchman was missing from the clash away at West Ham – this injury is suggested to not be serious, but it was enough to keep him out the game.
A Newcastle side with passion is all that the fans have wished for following the end of Mike Ashley’s detesting reign over the club. The support for this reinvented side is one that does not go unnoticed – they sold out their next home fixture before tickets could reach general sale. Everyone is aware that this changed Newcastle team still have a fight on their hands with 14 games left of the season. With injuries to some of their most important players, this may prove to be more difficult. A five-point advantage separates them from the relegation zone, an advantage that the team and the fans hope will expand in the upcoming fixtures.