Newcastle have huge chance for Premier League surge
Newcastle United have been a club transformed since its takeover by PFI Partners and the appointment of Eddie Howe at St James’ Park. The Magpies were seemingly bound for the Championship with former owner Mike Ashley and manager Steve Bruce in the dugout. However, once the Premier League approved the controversial takeover by PFI, Newcastle was galvanised off the field and that spirit gradually shifted into the performances of their players on the pitch.
At Christmas, the Magpies were staring down the possibility of relegation, but the club made savvy signings in the January transfer window, securing deals for Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn and a huge deal for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. They proved to be a masterstroke as Howe found a system for success on the field, delivering a run of six wins in seven matches between the end of January and the beginning of March before the second run of four-straight victories secured their Premier League status.
Now the Tynesiders and their owners can afford to look into the future and make a surge upwards with further financial backing in the summer. The sky is the limit for the club, which will have aspirations of following in the footsteps of Manchester City as a rags-to-riches tale. It has been an amazing turnaround for Newcastle, and their hopes of returning to the days of the Champions League are now a distinct possibility, as well as featuring in the tips section at https://confirmbets.com/Leagues/.
Newcastle's lack of success in the era under Ashley has damaged their reputation, with many clubs passing their reach across the world. It is the challenge that PFI needs to address on and off the field. Leicester became the darling of every fan across the world, and especially their fanbase in Thailand due to their then-owner, the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, following their Premier League triumph in 2016 when they replaced Manchester United and Liverpool as the most supported team in the region.
The Foxes had odds of 5000/1 to win the Premier League crown and pulled off one of the greatest upsets of all time to win the division, further endearing them, not only to fans of football but those with an interest in sports betting. It has raised the demand from Thai sports bettors for the next team to rise out of obscurity at the bottom of the Premier League, providing not only great odds, but offering a different aspect to supporting a traditional team beyond United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Newcastle already has a firm reputation across the world following their exploits in the early days of their Premier League experience. The Magpies were contenders at the top of the table, competing against Manchester United and Liverpool, playing exhilarating matches that live in the folklore of the league. High-profile figures such as Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby Robson, and Alan Shearer cultivated a strong brand, which included tours to the Far East in Thailand in 2004. The reach of the Premier League will allow Newcastle to restore their standing, although it will take a lot of hard work.
Doing a Leicester?
Their decline under the Ashley regime has been a travesty for such a well-supported team at the peak of its powers. And they have proven in the past that they could match those sides at the top when in full flow. A shift up the Premier League table in the mould of a team like Leicester would certainly bring that Asian audience back to the Magpies, especially if they were able to emulate the Foxes on the field. Everyone loves an underdog story and fans across the world would certainly be donning new Newcastle shirts if they can get it right on the field.
Therefore, Newcastle fit the bill quite nicely and they are well placed to make a run if they can get it right with their moves in the summer. The odds will be stacked against them, but it could be a gradual rise over the next five years to slowly regain their standing and become a recognisable brand once more in Asia, the USA, and of course the Middle East. At the moment people betting from Thailand will find a decent price among the bookmakers at https://www.asiabet.org/thailand/sports-betting/, who provide great value for their outright Premier League betting odds. By signing up and using bonuses customers may even be able to use a free bet to back the Magpies for a surge to the top-flight title, which could secure a significant profit, if not quite to the level of those lucky punters who bet on Leicester.
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Newcastle has a great platform ahead of them to build off their momentum, with the added boost of further key additions. Before his season-ending injury, Trippier was outstanding and will lock down the right flank of the defence for the near future. Burn has been a pivotal figure in the middle of the defence and has been relishing playing in front of his home fans after returning to the North East after spending his career away from the region. Guimaraes has been the masterstroke in the middle of the park. He looks to be a special player and has already made a decisive impact with goals and assists. The 24-year-old will only get better.
If Newcastle can land themselves a solid shot-stopper between the posts who provides an upgrade on Martin Dubravka, and a reliable centre-forward who is capable of scoring 15 goals, then anything is possible. Competing for a European place should definitely be within their reach, which would have been unthinkable this time last year.
Everton's Cautionary Tale
Newcastle is not the first club to be taken over by rich owners with the ambition of surging to the top of the table. Whereas Manchester City is an example of its success, Everton is an example of its failure. The Toffees are in a desperate battle to remain in the top flight, despite spending £500 million on players since Farhad Moshiri arrived at Goodison Park in 2016 as highlighted by https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/.
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It highlights the issue of signing the right players and keeping the spirit positive in the dressing room. Newcastle has seemingly knocked it out of the park in their first transfer window under PFI but will need another two windows of outstanding success to even think about the possibility of moving into the top six. There will be intense competition for signings with Leicester, Wolves, Aston Villa and West Ham United all sweeping up the players that are not destined for the top six.
Newcastle has to nail its recruitment while continuing to thrive on the field. Howe has been a tremendous success and has achieved his paramount objective when he replaced Bruce in the dugout of keeping the club in the Premier League. The pressure will be on him to maintain that winning formula next season. Whether that is possible in the top flight remains to be seen as many managers at Goodison Park have discovered. The Magpies have a platform for launch, but as we’ve seen in the Premier League it can go down as well as up.