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New Premier League report shows key style change with Eddie Howe at Newcastle United

2 months ago

Eddie Howe was confirmed as the new Newcastle United Head Coach back on 8 November 2021.

The next day, exactly four weeks ago today, Howe and his coaching staff started work before 7am at the training ground.

Their work has never stopped since.

Newcastle United fans loving the professional approach introduced by Eddie Howe after the shambles that had preceded it.

The Newcastle players admitting that it has been difficult to adjust at first to not getting so many days holiday and working far harder on the training pitch.

However, those same players also stating that this was very much required and that the training under the previous NUFC Head Coach, meant they were not at the fitness levels needed.

To go with the increased fitness levels, Eddie Howe has also been working towards this Newcastle side playing far better attacking football.

A new report on this fifteen round of Premier League games has given us extra info, which absolutely highlights how very different games such as Saturday against Burnley are now, compared to the vast majority of what we ‘enjoyed’ under Steve Bruce.

The report is from  ‘The Other 14’ (who specialise on stats/tables etc on the 14 clubs who aren’t the ‘Big Six’) which shows Premier League players when it comes to most progressive yards carried, in this fifteenth round of PL matches:

Premier League Most Progressive Yards Week 15 2021/2022

As you can see, Allan Saint-Maximin way clear at the top of this table with 313 yards carrying the ball forward against Burnley.

However, looking further down the list we also see two other Newcastle United players, Joe Willock with 147 yards and Joelinton on 128 yards.

No surprise that there are no Burnley players making this list, their method of getting the ball forward almost entirely consisting of booting it from the back.

Great to see though this change of style under Eddie Howe. The increased fitness levels and more attacking style, seeing more NUFC players carrying the ball forward, more yards than previously.

That is the route to survival for Newcastle United and then progression, playing football and getting on the front foot, not the Steve Bruce negativity and seeing the ball repeatedly punted hopefully forward.

Long may it continue.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Saturday 4 December 3pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)




Wilson 40

Possession was Burnley 52% (52%) Newcastle 48% (48%)

Total shots were Burnley 10 (6) Newcastle 18 (7)

Shots on target were Burnley 1 (1) Newcastle 4 (1)

Corners were Burnley 3 (1) Newcastle 10 (2)

Referee: Paul Tierney

Crowd: 51,948 (Burnley 1,600)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Shelvey, Willock, Saint-Maximin (Murphy 90+1), Almiron (Fernandez 85), Joelinton, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick, Krafth, Longstaff, Gayle

(Match Report – The Newcastle United equivalent of going to work with a bad hangover…usually – Read HERE)

(3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Read HERE)

(Eddie Howe with confident declaration for Newcastle United fans – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer celebrates at St James Park “A winnnnnn and a clean sheet, is it Xmas!!!?” Read HERE)

(James Tarkowski has a staggering viewpoint on this defeat to Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 1 Burnley 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s victory! Read HERE)

(Newcastle United WIN! – Read HERE)


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