Newcastle squeaked by Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on penalties to keep their amazing winning run intact. The fourth round of the competition is the first match when the World Cup break ends next month.
Eddie Howe has not been shy in sharing his dream of winning a trophy at Newcastle United. The head coach has fans dreaming of not only potential cup success but securing a ticket back to European competition for next season.
Former Magpie Rob Lee has spoken to Compare.bet about Newcastle’s terrific start which has been published in The Chronicle:
Lee has made it clear that Howe should focus on winning some silverware this season saying:
“It has been amazing really. I think no one – not even the most staunch Newcastle fan – could have predicted the transformation of the club in a year. I think when he [Howe] came in quite a few people were skeptical, I think because of what happened at Burnley.
“Newcastle are a huge club with huge expectations, but he has been absolutely brilliant and he has got the players playing for him and he has brought players in that have made us a better team. It reminds me of when I joined back in the 90s, everyone is pulling in the same direction and the club are moving forward at a rate of knots.
“I thought when Eddie first took over the target would be to stave off relegation, get a few players in and try and stay in the top half of the league, but expectations are going to rise. The Geordie fans will be thinking ‘Can we win the league here’, but I have said many times I would like us to go for a cup – we are still in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.
“We are not going to win the league. That’s not going to happen. We have done brilliantly well, but I would just like us to go for a cup because over the years we have always saved ourselves to stay in the league. I think we are past that now so let’s try and win a cup, win some silverware because it’s been a long time since we have.”
Newcastle are unlikely to mount a serious challenge for the title this season. Though due to the amazing start, a top-four finish is now on the lips of many fans and pundits alike.
As Lee noted, Newcastle are also alive in both cup competitions with a date against Bournemouth set for next month and the FA Cup starting early next year for Premier League clubs.
If you had to pick just one, would you prefer Newcastle finish in a Champions League place or win some silverware for the first time in over half a century?