Eddie Howe facing make or break 43 days at Newcastle United
It will make or break this Newcastle United season.
The opening 97 days of Newcastle’s Premier League season seeing zero wins from 11 PL matches.
Now though, the madness of the Premier League scheduling will see 10 games in only 43 days.
Indeed, after Brentford on Saturday at St James Park, Eddie Howe actually then has nine matches in a 36 days period, Compare that to only four PL games for Newcastle in 48 days from 3 October to 19 November (inclusive).
These are the 10 fixtures (seven of them live on UK TV) below that Eddie Howe has to navigate before there will be any possible inclusion of any January signings.
Saturday 20 November 3pm – Brentford home
Saturday 27 November 12.30pm – Arsenal away (BT Sport)
Tuesday 30 November 7.30pm – Norwich home (Amazon Prime)
Saturday 4 December 3pm – Burnley home
Sunday 12 December 2pm – Leicester away (Sky Sports)
Thursday 16 December 8pm – Liverpool away (BT Sport)
Sunday 19 December 2pm – Man City home (Sky Sports)
Monday 27 December 8pm – Man Utd home (Sky Sports)
Thursday 30 December 7.30pm – Everton away (Amazon Prime)
Sunday 2 January 2pm – Southampton away
This is how the Premier League table currently stands ahead of Brentford at home on Saturday:
As you can see, only five points from a possible thirty three in the first 97 days of this Newcastle United Premier League season, a bit of a sobering thought than in this upcoming period of only 43 days we will see another 30 points decided, one way or another.
After that Southampton away match on 2 January 2022, there will have been 21 Premier League matches played and only 51 points (17 games) to play for.
So much of the talk has been about who will and won’t be signed in January but in reality, this season’s saving or failure is far more likely to be dictated in this six week period approaching us. Especially the initial Eddie Howe four match run of Brentford, Norwich and Burnley at home, with anything away at Arsenal a bonus.
This recovery mission has to start on Saturday, against a Brentford team with injuries and having lost their last four Premier League games, the last two to Burnley and Norwich.
A make or break 43 days at Newcastle United for Eddie Howe when it comes to this relegation fight I think. A continuation of the results and level of performance we saw under Steve Bruce, would surely leave far much to do in those final 17 games for Eddie Howe, no matter who is signed in January.
It is time for every Newcastle United player to rise to that challenge and earn their money.
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