After an impressive season Newcastle United have managed to qualify for Europe's most prestigious tournament, the Champions League.
From fighting relegation to the bottom of the table and prominently rising to compete with England's elite teams, their 2022/23 season was nothing short of breathtaking.
With precise management and financial aid the ‘Magpies’ are well on their way to becoming a Premier League powerhouse.
Performance of the season:
Throughout their great season, Newcastle can take pride in several standout performances and high-scoring games. Eddie Howe's team, however, surprised everyone last month when they destroyed Tottenham Hotspur 6-1.
The faltering Spurs were expected to be challenged by the Magpies, but a commanding opening to the match demoralized the north Londoners, who had no answer for their firepower.
Disappointment of the season:
Newcastle were in the Premier League struggle last term, but they fought back to finish 11th and started the season with a new outlook.
Securing Champions League football signals a triumphant first season for the new owner, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, since they would have settled for a top-half spot before the start of the season.
Players of the Year
Since Newcastle's success was the result of a team effort, many players are competing for Player of the Year.
Significant signings, Miguel Almiron (11) and Callum Wilson (18) scored more goals in their first seasons than Alexander Isak did in his debut for Newcastle. While Joelinton and Nick Pope also contributed with many strong efforts between the posts.
Nevertheless, Kieran Trippier prevails above them all after proving to be a wise purchase for the Magpies. He lost little time in establishing himself as the club's key player and providing shrewd leadership as the club entered a new era.
For the first time in more than ten years, Newcastle finished in the top half of the Premier League standings, capping off a fairly successful campaign with historic numbers.
Newcastle's five losses this season are the fewest in their top-flight history, and four of those defeats came at the hands of teams ranked among the conventional "top seven.” Along with Brentford, they drew 14 games, which was the most of any team in the division. The defensive statistics of this team are impressive, where they have allowed 33 goals, which is the fewest in club history.
The Magpies also managed to beat the defensive record in the Premier League, alongside the champions Manchester City. The 31-year-old Goalkeeper, Nick Pope had an amazing performance this season, maintaining 14 clean sheets and an impressive goal-conceded ratio of 0.9 per match.
Newcastle's 68 goals scored (an average of 1.8 per game) show how dangerous they were in attack, but their 78 opportunities created (an average of 3.0 per game) show that they should maximize their scored goals to created chances ratio.
Looking ahead to the 2023/2024 season
“I'm so proud of all the players, staff, owners, everyone,” said Eddie Howe, after Newcastle's triumph against Leicester. It’s uncanny that this season has been a transformational year for the English team. Next season the ‘magpies’ can look up to an exciting season and expect new silverware in the trophy cabinet.