Newcastle open their season against what could be described as our main rivals in in terms of league position this season in the form of Tottenham Hotspur.
Newcastle now have to compete with the likes of big spenders like Spurs and Liverpool if they are going to be able to replicate last season’s fifth place finish which landed the Magpies a place in Europe for the first time since the 06/07 season.
Lots of things have changed since then for United, new owners, six managers and a completely new squad and also a relegation to the Championship followed by a subsequent promotion back to the Preier League at the first time of asking.
Since Newcastle were relegated things have been looking up and last season was definitely a high point as we managed to finish above Liverpool and Chelsea and were even in the hunt for a Champions League qualifying position on the final day of the season. This shows just how much progress has been made and brings me back to my original question.
Will the Spurs match shape our season?
If Newcastle fail to beat Spurs it could just mean a bad day at the office for Newcastle or Spurs were just too good, but either way now expectations are high at Newcastle the fans may be expecting to compete with the likes of Spurs and especially in front of a home crowd Newcastle should be looking to grab all three points against Andre Villas-Boas.
A good start to the season proves to be a good thing, take a look at last year’s season when Newcastle went 11 league matches without getting beat which set the tone for the rest of the season and ultimately played a big part in us getting a place in Europe.
It feels odd asking whether one game will shape our season with so much football still to play, but getting off to a great start would be just the tonic and to do it against a team that we should be looking to compete with in terms of league position should give the lads an extra confidence boost and will perhaps shpw the rest of the league that last season wasn’t just a one off.
What do you think?
Article submitted by Connor.