Newcastle United 2022/23: It’s a new dawn, new day, new life for NUFC

How high have Newcastle climbed in 2023?

Paige Rutter
25th April 2023
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Newcastle United have spent their first season since their takeover reaching new heights, but how far can they go? 

Spells of anticipation circled Newcastle United going into this season, as fans were eager to see what this revitalised team would bring. After battling relegation to going through one of the best transformations last season - and a largely discussed Saudi takeover, this was a fresh start for the club. The summer transfer window saw strength being deployed into key areas of the team with the likes of, Nick Pope in goal, club-record signing Alexander Isak upfront and strengthened defence with the help of Sven Botman. Also, the permanent deal of defender Matt Targett, after signing in the prior January transfer window on loan from Aston Villa. 

Black and White shirts ascended to St James’ Park for the first match of the season against a newly promoted Nottingham Forest. Which didn’t disappoint for the home fans with Fabian Schär blasting the ball from outside the box to score the opener. Followed by a successful shot from Callum Wilson ending the score line 2-0. The Tyneside team conceded their first goal of the season in the memorable Manchester City match in which the Magpies found themselves in a three-goal tie. 

Newcastle faced defeat at Anfield for the first time this season after a last-minute winner lost the club their unbeaten record. The second loss was also found to be from Liverpool once again later in the season during the reverse fixture. During this season, Newcastle found themselves with one of the best defences in the league conceding a low amount of goals and going on a 17 game long unbeaten streak. They have also gained themselves substantial wins such as the 5-1 win over Brentford and 4-1 at Craven Cottage. 

The January transfer window also introduced some new faces to the club, including former Everton winger Anthony Gordon and Harrison Ashby. There were also some departures from the squad, the much loved midfielder Jonjo Shelvey said his goodbyes to Tyneside on the ground of St James’ Park after making a move to Nottingham Forest. The 31-year-old spent seven years with the club, helping them get promoted from the Championship and scoring that memorable match winning free-kick away at Leeds last season. There were also departures from the likes of Karl Darlow on loan to Hull, and Chris Wood also joining fellow teammate Shelvey at Forest. 

The FA Cup provided no luck for the squad as they made it to the third round, facing a League 1 Sheffield Wednesday. Bruno Guimaräes may have been on hand to provide a comeback, but the brace from Josh Windass sent Newcastle on their way out of another competition. 

There has also been stand out players this season and the main man must be Miguel Almiron. After having seasons of poor form and comments from Jack Grealish, the turnaround from the Paraguayan has been unmatched. After striking 11 goals so far this season and securing player of the month for October, the midfielder has seen himself reformed under the Howe revival. Another asset may also be Nick Pope, the signing of the former Burnley goalkeeper has advantaged the club after winning two saves of the month and being known to have a positive clean sheet record. With this being said, credit must also go to the back line of the team who have provided one of the strongest defences in the league this season. 

Not only have Eddie Howe’s men transformed their luck around this season, but have also found themselves in a Carabao cup final. This was the first time that Newcastle had reached a cup final in 24 years and the adrenaline around this match portrayed this clearly. Everything was going smoothly with the likes of securing a win over their two-leg semi-final against Southampton. This was until the Magpies played Liverpool at home which ended in a 2-0 defeat - and the loss of Nick Pope for the final due to a red card. Rumours circled about who would take to the goal as Martin Dubravka was also cup-tied. This led to third keeper Loris Karius stepping up, despite losing 2-0 to Manchester United this is progress for a club who were destined to be relegated last season. 

This season, Newcastle United have found themselves lingering around the top 4 on the Premier League table. Many may not have expected to see the club being surround by the likes of Manchester City this soon after the takeover, but Newcastle have established themselves this season and shown clearly the progress which has been made within the club. As the battle for Europe goes on, even if the heights of top 4 isn’t reached this season, the club have put themselves in a healthy position to challenge for the Champions League next season. 

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