Newcastle United are now officially owned by the richest owners in the footballing world after the Saudi takeover. Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership came to an end during the week. This new takeover is declared as the strongest financial club conversion in England and is 11 times more in fortune as compared to Manchester City’s ownership. The news came as a ray of hope for the Magpies as they currently sit second bottom in the Premier League table with just three points in their seven games, as they are still searching for their first win.
The change can turn the tables around for the club as now the Magpies can expect a reconstruction of the team and is likely to become an eye-catching destination for young players to establish themselves. A decade ago, Manchester City went through the same transformation and the influential position they hold currently in the Premier League is just an example of the makeover Newcastle can expect from the future. With teams becoming financially stronger and the high quality of competition increasing every year in the Premier League, clubs are trying their best to reach the level of competency that is expected from them. Newcastle United’s part-owner Staveley is confident that the new takeover will not only help them come out of the relegation zone but also contribute in helping the club in entering into a new era.
The Magpies are currently facing multiple defensive issues. They have been unable to win the ball from their opponents in the recent games and have failed to create any sort of pressure on their opponents. However, manager Steve Bruce has opened things up for the brilliant in form winger Saint-Maximin. He has scored two goals and provided a further three assist this season.
Let’s have a look at some stats to understand Newcastle’s previous and current season shortcomings and will things change in the future from the new ownership.
In their previous game, Newcastle came out on top in terms of xG despite taking fewer shots and shots on target than their opponents. Their xG of 1.07 surpassed that of the home side’s, 0.60 which suggests that they had more quality chances than their opponents but were unable to take advantage. Newcastle also created more positional attacks but failed to convert their chances into goals. Despite creating decent opportunities Steve Bruce’s side have been left frustrated a number of times in the season. They have failed to convert the opportunities into goal scoring chances which has been a new addition to their already existing problem of scattered defence.
In their 38 games the previous season, they scored 46 goals with a total number of 142 shots on target. The Magpies average 1.12 goals per 90 means they scored at least one goal per match.
Despite the data limitation this season in their open seven fixtures, Newcastle have scored eight goals and they average 1.04 goal per match, areas which could definitely be improved upon. Perhaps the new owners would be willing to bring an out and out goalscorer in the January transfer window.
In terms of successful passes and success per 90, Newcastle were placed near the bottom just above the relegated Baggies. This is an area of concern that has plagued Newcastle for the last couple of seasons, a problem that has carried over to the current season. As seen above, Newcastle this season is placed in 17th spot in the league.
The Magpies were far from impressive in terms of their pressing and average challenge intensity last season, they ranked at the bottom of the league in both of the metrics last season. They are facing similar concerns in terms of their defensive pressing and average challenge intensity this season as well.
The majority of Newcastle United fans are elated at the prospect of new club owners. Soon we might see a flurry of new players or even a new manager at the club. But before all that Newcastle need to address their current tactical issues at hand. They still remain winless in their opening seven fixtures. Steve Bruce’s men need to step up in their upcoming fixture at home against Tottenham.