Premier League 2022-23 preview No. 15: Newcastle | Soccer

Guardian writers’ predicted place: seventh (NB: this isn’t essentially Louise Taylor’s prediction however the common of our writers’ ideas)

Last season’s place: eleventh

Odds to win the league (by way of Oddschecker): 100-1

Prospects

Pretty good. Under Eddie Howe’s clever administration Newcastle had been a workforce reworked in the course of the second half of final season and there’s no cause why they need to not proceed on that upward trajectory.

Although, on paper, final yr’s Saudi Arabian-led takeover has turned them into the world’s wealthiest membership, the house owners are decided to spend properly and stay aware of the necessity to stay inside monetary truthful play guidelines. In different phrases, Howe’s reconstruction work is anticipated to be way more a case of evolution than revolution.

While on-field signings seem suitably wise, the set up of the previous FA and Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth as director of soccer and Darren Eales as chief government look shrewd. Eales, a Cambridge regulation graduate with previous expertise at West Brom and Tottenham, joins from MLS membership Atlanta the place he was a lot admired. Their appointments will permit co-owner and director Amanda Staveley, who ran the membership magnificently final season, extra time to focus on wider tasks.

Ready for the Premier League 2022-2023: Newcastle – video

So far Howe appears to have purchased nicely this summer time, with the extensively coveted and, crucially, left-footed central defender Sven Botman arriving from Lille, the England goalkeeper Nick Pope signing from Burnley and Matt Targett, so quietly spectacular at left-back final season, making his transfer from Aston Villa everlasting. Howe stays out there for an additional striker and a brand new midfielder, however already possesses loads of expertise and an impressive chief in right-back Kieran Trippier.

Hopes are excessive that Brazil’s Bruno Guimarães, a January purchase from Lyon, will proceed to shine in midfield, however his supervisor might want to decide whether or not Botman needs to be partnered by Dan Burn, Fabian Schär or Jamaal Lascelles. Howe additionally must coax the gifted, however typically irritating, Allan Saint-Maximin into elevated consistency, whereas hoping his damage susceptible center-forward Callum Wilson stays match and Joe Willock begins fulfilling his potential.