How Will Newcastle United Fare In The 2014/2015 Premier League Season?
How will Newcastle United fare in the 2014/2015 Premier League season?
Newcastle United have always had a wonderful infrastructure and fanbase, but they remain a big club that have not turned their potential into trophies.
The wonderful Kevin Keegan era during the mid-1990s was the closest Newcastle have come to winning their first top flight title since 1927, while the Magpies have not been to a final since losing to Manchester United in the 1999 FA Cup.
A club with such prestige and history of star players showed promising signs of progression following a wonderful first half to the 2013/2014 season where Alan Pardew’s men were right in the mix for a Champions League spot. A start which promised so much ended in disappointment as Newcastle slid down the table.
Being active in the transfer market has not been one of Newcastle’s main priorities, with the club tending to spend decent amounts of money in a single transfer window before taking a sporadic approach for a number of years. Pardew has already issued a statement of real intent by bringing in no less than seven players into the squad who carry the potential to take Newcastle to the next level.
The impressive calibre of players that have arrived at St. James’ Park has created hope and anticipation for the Toon Army ahead of the upcoming season that they could potentially produce great things. An influx of new arrivals have also improved Newcastle’s odds of enjoying success, with the current Premier League odds reflecting their status as a top ten club who have enough at their disposal to have an excellent season.
Within the Financial Fair Play era Newcastle have showed real intent in this summer’s transfer window by bringing in a number of quality players that the fans have been crying out for. It shows a radical change in direction by Mike Ashley who has been seemingly reluctant to back Pardew with considerable transfer funds in the past, but has loosened the purse strings to welcome in some top quality additions. They have shortened Newcastle’s odds of finishing in the top 10 to 7/5, with 9/1 illustrating how far away they could, and should, be from facing a relegation battle.
Signing Remy Cabella for £7 million could turn out to be the signing of the summer, with the French winger finally signing for Newcastle after breaking Montpellier’s long resistance to hold onto their prized asset.
The arrival of Siem De Jong from Ajax equally stands out as an excellent signing that provides Papiss Cisse with a much-needed strike partner, with Emmanuel Riviere also adding more firepower upfront.
Snatching out-of-contract Jack Colback from arch rivals Sunderland illustrates the dominant position Newcastle hold in the North East, with the midfielder bringing dynamism, energy and an impressive work-rate to the club. Although the departure of Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal is a blow, replacing him with World Cup star Daryl Janmaat represents more excellent business from Ashley and Pardew.
Is Europe on the cards?
Despite the departure of star loanee Loic Remy, the club has enough quality at its disposal to mount a serious challenge for a European spot.
This belief has been considerably enhanced by the plethora of top quality signings that have arrived at St. James’ Park which not only promise to entertain Newcastle fans, but also provide them with the success that they deserve for their wonderfully loyal support. Although finishing in the top four may be a stretch too far at 66/1, there is every chance that Newcastle could enjoy an excellent season in the Premier League and domestic cup competitions.
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