We´re really disappointed at the moment that Newcastle have made such a poor start to the season and after ten games played and 6 points it was the (joint) worst start to a season ever – equalled only by our poor start back in the 1898-1899 season.
We have picked up 4 points in our last two games and things may continue to improve – we hope that´s the case.
After what happened last season when we were almost relegated after being 9th top with 26 points after half the games played (19) – we were hoping for at the very least for a good start to the season.
Mike Ashley – now willing to spend big money on transfers
That hasn’t happened even though Mike Ashley gave out some big money to be spent in the summer transfer market and we spent over £52M on four senior players we brought in.
The goals for this season are a top eight finish and to win something – but it´s unlikely we can meet those goals – although not impossible if we have a big uptick in form.
Since the summer of 2012 when we finished 5th top and we thought things were turning around – Newcastle have had a tough time of it in the league and only last year in the 2013-2014 season did we meet our goal and finish in the top 10 – in 10th place.
In the other two seasons we finished in 16th place with 41 points (2013) and 15th place and 39 points last May.
Here´s how we have done in the Premier League since Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007 and notice we have exceeded 50 points in the Premier League only once.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||41 - current status after 33 games|
In 2009-2010 we were promoted straight back to the Premier League from the Championship with 102 points – 11 points more than second-placed West Brom.
Notice that in seven full seasons in England´s top league we have been in the top ten only twice and one of those was a 10th placed finish.
So the facts say we are a bottom ten club.
So our goal has been to be a top ten club in the last few seasons but we haven´t been able to achieve that and we´ll need to do a lot better in our remaining 26 games this season to finish in the top ten this season.
A win against Leicester City on Saturday is what we need to keep our good run going – we have 7 points in the last four games.
Keeping on the positive side, things do seem to be improving but we need to have another big transfer window in January and bring in at the very least a top center-back and a top striker.
That´s what we are hoping for and the new players can help us climb the league table.
Things are fundamentally unchanged at the club and as usual for Newcastle fans – hope springs eternal.