Newcastle’s state of euphoria has been officially declared. Brilliant win against Leicester (0-3)On Boxing Day He allowed the “Magpie” to beat Manchester City And go to bed in second place, seven points behind Arsenal, although there is one more game to play.
“We will win the league”, They sang with a certain grace that fans flocked to King Power Stadium. not for less. Exactly 365 days ago, Newcastle were penultimate with 10 points in 19 days. Now he has 33 appearances in 16 games. His highest record in a premiership since the 39 he added with Kevin Keegan at the start of 1995-96.
Six straight wins – his best streak in the elite since March-April 2012 – They catapult Newcastle into the ‘Top 2’, a position they haven’t held since January 2003. The “magpie” trips coincided with the purchase of the club by the Sovereign Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, just over a year ago. The signings of Bruno Guimarães, Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier and Matt Targett in the winter transfer window have revitalized the squad.
The arrival of Eddie Howe on the bench did the rest. The former man from Bournemouth has proven himself, according to Opta, Third English manager to win more than 20 Premier League matches in a calendar year.add 21. Previously it was achieved by Kevin Keegan (Newcastle, 1994 and 1995) and Roy Evans (1996).
“I have no problem with the fans dreaming, talking and speculating about what we can achieve…but we have to focus on what we can control.” And don’t look away or listen to what the media has to say. This is the toughest league in the world for a reason,” stressed Eddie Howe, referring to chants of “We’re going to win the league.”
I have no problem with fans dreaming, talking and speculating about what we can achieve… but we need to focus on what we can control.
Newcastle’s success, on the game rectangle, has many ‘fathers’. The most obvious one is Miguel Almirn. The Paraguayan midfielder didn’t seem to notice the World Cup break. Add, with his goal against Leicester, eight goals in his last nine Premier League matches.
His “transformation” was brutal. There is a basic fact. Add the same goals in this league (9) as in 110 matches He had played in the premiership for the previous four seasons.
Trippier, dagger in offense and safe in defense
Kieran Trippier also deserves a special mention, as he handed Joelinton the final 3-0 victory over Leicester from a corner. The former Atlético adds a goal and four assists in the Premier League. Only Andrew Robertson (5) surpasses him among the defenders who have distributed the most assists this season in the Premier League. Trippier’s influence on Howe’s scheme is understood by his brilliant display match after match.
With a great presence in the attack, but without neglecting his back. Which allows him to become the sixth football player in the entire premiership to make the most recoveries (69) on a competitive field. In addition to being the second man with the most depth passes (19) and the third most assists (33). Of the entire Premier League, being… a defender!
Newcastle’s success lies in Howe’s scheme
Apart from Trippier and Almirn, Eddie Howe’s system wouldn’t be understood without footballers like Botman, Schar, Guimaraes and Joelinton who is like the other. The Brazilian has adapted admirably to his transformation. Postponing his position, the ‘9’ indicates a player who has fallen on the wing and is involved in regaining possession. He is capable of performing on the left flank in both the forward and middle positions making most of his passes forward.
without losing access to the corresponding area. Yesterday against Leicester the fact he joined the attack earned him a goal. His compatriot, Bruno Guimarães, with 39 on his back is Newcastle’s beacon. The diagram below shows how he is the link between the defense and the attacker, it is he who is responsible for determining the speed at which the “magpie” plays. Every circulation of Howe’s men’s ball goes through the Brazilian’s boot Who is also capable of making the last pass that St James’ Park was lacking.
together and knit lines
The graph of average positions also allows us to observe how central defenders and, even more so, wingers, adopt very advanced positions. What makes Newcastle? The Premier League team that makes the most opposition attackers (33) offside. Not forgetting the defensive duties, Howe’s men are the team that has scored the fewest goals in the tournament with 11 goals against and that has left their goal unbeaten on most occasions (8).
The fact of playing so close together allowed Newcastle to be Second English team with most recoveries (1,402) So far done like premier. In addition, a third of them (492) are in a competing field, and only Liverpool can surpass them in this aspect. Density is also not negotiated in the Howe system.
The English coach’s usual 4-3-3 is not exempt from delivery in every game. The Newcastle players’ good positioning on the field of play is combined with the energy they bring into every fight for the ball. Combination puts “magpies” as a team More split balls (282) wins for the entire premier. They at Newcastle are really excited about this group who, at the moment, are going back to sleep in second place.