There are only 4 weeks to wait ‘til the start of the Premier League. Over the next few weeks @0riginalfooty will preview the new season, take a look at each team and offer our predictions as to where each side will finish. Here we take a look at Newcastle United.
Newcastle are a side with problems behind the scenes and the Geordie faithful have made it clear that they want owner Mike Ashley to sell the club. A 10th place finish may appear good on the face of it but Newcastle were flying high in the first half of the season before winning only 5 matches in the second half. They even only managed 1 draw so managed to lose 13 out of 19 matches, which is a terrible record. Pardew will be desperate for Newcastle to rediscover their best form and return to the top half of the table.
Alan Pardew has been in charge of Newcastle since December 2010 and is the second longest-serving manager in the League. Pardew’s spell in charge of the Magpies has not been short of controversy. He has pushed an official, been involved in a verbal spat with Manuel Pellegrini and most recently head-butted David Meyler.
Pardew has been quick to draft in reinforcements this summer in order to replace creative influence Yohan Cabaye, who departed for PSG in January, and top goal scorer Loic Remy whose loan spell has ended. Newcastle have brought in six new faces. The biggest signing of those is Remy Cabella who they have been pursuing from Montpellier the last few transfer windows. They were finally successful this time around and have paid a reported £12 million to land the attacking-midfielder. Jack Colback has been pinched from bitter rivals Sunderland on a free transfer, much to the fury of the Black Cats. Right-back Daryl Janmaat has been drafted in to replace Mathieu Debuchy who has moved to Arsenal, midfielder Siem De Jong has been signed from Ajax and strikers Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez have moved to Tyneside from Monaco and Tenerife respectively.
Who is tipped to join them?
The Magpies have been heavily linked with a move for Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon and are reported to be interested in Burnley striker Danny Ings. Andy Carroll has also been tipped to return to his home club from West Ham in a £12 million deal.
Who should they sign?
Newcastle have generally moved pretty well in the transfer window and I’ll be surprised if there are too many more faces through the door. It seems they are still keen on bringing in at least one more striker as Loic Remy is set to move to Liverpool. Carroll would be a good signing, if he can remain fit, and would probably be keen on a return to his hometown.
Fabricio Coloccini. Newcastle are in desperate need for their leaders on the pitch to steer them away from their terrible run of form at the end of last season. Coloccini is a big figure in the dressing room, an imposing character on the pitch and will be key to turning Newcastle’s fortunes around.
This is a side that definitely won’t go down but they look a little lost without leading lights Cabaye and Remy in the picture. It remains to be seen how quickly they return to the form they are capable of and I think they will struggle to finish in the top half again this season. They should avoid a relegation battle, though. Expect Newcastle to finish 12th.