Eddie Howe seems to have the lads in top form ready for the Premier League opener next Saturday against Aston Villa at home.
In the game today Newcastle beat a good Villareal side 4-0 and the last two performances in two days, two clean sheets, and a cumulative 6-0 scoreline gives us real hope for Newcastle’s upcoming season.
It was all change from yesterday’s side with Eddie naming the following starting eleven.
Pope, Murphy, Lascelles (Savage 88), Dummett, Burn, Ritchie, Bruno, Longstaff, Joelinton, Barnes (Parkinson 83), Wilson (Diallo 88)
Subs: Gillespie, De Bolle, Carlyon, J Miley, Turner-Cooke, Hackett, Ndiweni, Huntley, McArthur
Notice that Jacob Murphy started at right back and he scored a great goal early in the first half (6 mins).
A brace from Barnes were both right-footed shots as he came in from the left wing – trademark Barnes’ goals.
And a cracking goal from former striker Joelinton, as he gathered the ball on the halfway line, took us through to a fairly comfortable victory and we win the inaugural Sela Cup with 2 wins in 2 games.
Murphy had an excellent game at right-back – there’s an eye-opener on Murphy, who seems to get better and better under Eddie Howe – maybe he can become an attacking right-back?
The boys seem to be coming into form at just the right time – thanks to Eddie Howe and his coaching staff’s detailed preseason plans.
And with Harvey Barnes having to fight for that left-wing position, he put in an excellent performance this afternoon.
The left winger was applauded off the field after 83 minutes, and it was an excellent first game for the former Leicester winger at St. James Park.
The 25-year-old has every chance of becoming a big player for us under Eddie Howe.
And here is the earlier video version I had out with Spanish commentary – if you also want to take a look at this one.
So after our final game of preseason, we now have a week of full training by the very impressive Eddie Howe and his staff.
And we’re sure the boys will be ready for a tough game against the rejuvenated Aston Villa, under new top Spanish coach Unai Emery.
Emery only took over Villa from Steven Gerrard last October, after Villa paid a buyout fee of a reported €6M (£5.2M) to Villarreal.
Emery took over when Villa had only 2 wins and 3 draws (9 points) from their first 11 games.
In the final 27 games under Emery Villa managed to get 16 wins and 4 draws 52 points to end up with 61 points and 8th place – a terrific turnaround from Villa last season and they have strengthened their squad this summer.
It should be a good week’s training for the Newcastle squad, and it will be interesting to see if 31-year-old Fabian Schar can return to training: the Swiss International (76 caps, 8 goals) is currently a big doubt for our first games of the season.
The game kicks off at 5:30pm, it’s the late game next Saturday afternoon and it will be a sellout at the refurbished St. James’ Park.
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