In this crazy Premier League season, there are still only 9 points separating the bottom 11 clubs in the league.
Nolan – could make big difference to Newcastle this season
So lots of clubs this season are threatened by relegation, including Newcastle.
But on the other hand a good run-in to the league from Newcastle through the end of the season could see us finish higher than last years 12th finish.
In fact we are just 7 points behind Wigan Athletic rigth now, who are in 7th place.
At this stage of the season last year, after 25 games, Kevin Keegan had just managed his 4th game in charge, against Middlesbrough (1-1) at St. James Park and the team was on 28 points from their first 25 games, with a goal difference of -15.
Today we have 27 points from our first 25 games, with a goal difference of -9.
But in the following 5 league games last year we managed just one point, against Birmingham away, and so this season we have a good chance to do better than we managed last year, when we finished in 12th place in the league.
After the Birmingham game, where Kevin tried his successful 4-3-3 formation for the first time, we had just 29 points from 30 games, and were in 14th place in the league with a goal difference of -26. 🙁
To do better than that this season we’ll have to pick up 4 points in our next 5 league games. Indeed, it would be great to finish at least in the upper half of the league table for a change this year.
Not really great, but at least it would be an improvement over what we’ve done recently – which is not much at all.
If we can do that, we need to press on in the summer, and make changes to the squad by bringing in some good players, and we have a good idea who they could be, after the January window.
And of course we must retain the very good core of players we have built up over these last 7 months.
What do you think?