No Trippier effect for Newcastle United in FA Cup
The new era of Newcastle United hasn’t started in the best way. The Saudi takeover which took place in October 2021, was the start of a new era for Newcastle United. The fans were very excited with the idea they could be supporting a Champions League team within a few years. The club has the richest owners in the world of football.
Timing is important
The problem with this takeover is the timing it all got improved. The Saudis tried to buy Newcastle already in 2020, but the FA decided against this takeover at that time. In October 2021 the takeover finally got through, but that also meant Newcastle had to wait until January 2022 to start improving their squad. In the meantime, they dropped to 19th place in the Premier League. Instead of the Champions League, Newcastle United is heading towards the Championship when they continue in this rate. The Toons are currently in the same amount of points at Burnley and two behind the safe zone where Watford is. However, Burnley (2) and Watford (1) got some spare games. In the worst case scenario, Newcastle United is 19th, 5 points behind number 18 and 6 behind the safe zone.
Transfer window to save the season
In order to safe their season, Newcastle United needs a big winter transfer window. Several names with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antony Martial were linked to a winter move. Coutinho recently announced a loan move to Aston Villa. Newcastle United opened their transfer window with the signing of Kieran Trippier. The English right back, comes over from Atletico Madrid, where he played almost every match. Now he’s back in England to save Newcastle United from getting relegated.
FA Cup upset
The new signing immediately got his place in the line-up when Newcastle United faced Cambridge United. A team whose only four points above the relegation zone in League One. There are about 40 teams in between Newcastle United and Cambridge at this moment in time on the English football pyramid. Nevertheless, it was Cambridge United who opened the score at St. James’ Park on Saturday. Newcastle United tried to get one back and force extra time, but they failed to do so. Which means the Toons are already out of the FA Cup.
Work to do
One thing is for sure, they club has a lot of work on their hands if they want to make something out of this season. Loads of new players are needed to stay in the Premier League. Getting relegated would postpone their project big time. The quality of players they need to start making steps, don’t want to play in the Championship. Which would mean they will lose at least a year.