Totally Buzzed is previewing every single Premier League team ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign and now it is the turn of Newcastle United.

How last season went:

It was another season in the books as far as the Magpies were concerned. The Magpies avoided relegation comfortably when all was said and done as they finished 17 points clear of the bottom three, despite at one point teasing that they were in jeopardy of returning to the Championship. However, it’s hard to get too enthusiastic about a 12th-placed finish as it’s difficult to confidently say that the club will build on that in the upcoming campaign. After all, Steve Bruce and the club’s hierarchy seems to ooze an unambitious energy that suggests as long as the club don’t get relegated then it’s a successful season. As for other competitions, the Magpies didn’t exactly inspire their fans when it came to their cups run. Championship side Brentford ousted the Magpies from the EFL Cup at the quarter-finals stage, and in the previous round, it’s worth noting Bruce’s team needed to take their game with League Two outfit Newport County to penalties to progress. Granted the Magpies were a little unlucky with the draw when it came to the FA Cup as they were pitted against Arsenal in the third round of the tournament, but going out so early in the tournament is disappointing; even if the Gunners needed extra time to oust the Magpies from the tournament.

Newcastle United’s Premier League Stats – 2020/21:

Newcastle United Player Stats – 2020/21:

Top Scorer Across All Competitions: Callum Wilson – 12 goals in 28 appearances (0.49 goals per 90minutes, 184 minutes per goal)

Top Scorer – Premier League Only: Wilson – 12 goals in 26 games (174 minutes per goal)

Most Assists Across All Competitions: Wilson – 5 assists in 28 matches (0.5 chances created per 90minutes)

Most Assists – Premier League Only: Wilson – 5 assists in 26 outings

Most Tackles Per Game (On Average) – Premier League Only:  Isaac Hayden (2.2 per match)

Most Minutes Played Across Premier League Fixtures – Top 3:

  1. Jonjo Shelvey – 2617 minutes 2.Miguel Almiron – 2438 minutes 3. Karl Darlow – 2250 minutes

1st five league fixtures:

West Ham (H): Newcastle did the double over David Moyes’ West Ham side last season as they recorded a 2-0 win at the London Stadium before eeking out a 3-2 victory over the London club at St James’ Park. It’s worth noting that the Hammers played 64 minutes of the 3-2 loss with 10-men as Craig Dawson was sent off after receiving two first-half bookings.

Aston Villa (A): Aston Villa have won their last two league meetings with Newcastle United at Villa Park 2-0, while the Villans also managed to secure a 1-1 draw with the Magpies in the last two league meetings between the sides which have taken place at St James’ Park.

Southampton (H):  Southampton secured a comfortable 2-0 win over the Magpies in November last season thanks to goals from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong. However, they couldn’t make it two wins out of two for the 2020-21 campaign, as they lost 3-2 to Bruce’s side at St James’ Park. This was the case even though the Magpies had to play a large portion of the match with 10 men after Jeff Hendricks saw red in the 49th of the match.

Man United (A): Man United recorded two comfortable victories over Bruce’s side last season, as they beat them 4-1 at St James’ Park in October before defeating them 3-1 when hosting the Magpies at Old Trafford in May.

Leeds United (H): Leeds registered an emphatic win against Newcastle United at Elland Road in December, with them beating the Magpies 5-2. It was a unique game to watch as on the 65th minute it was 2-2, before Steve Bruce’s side crumbled spectacularly. Bielsa’s side made it two wins out of two against the Magpies last season when they beat Bruce’s team 2-1 at St James’ Park in January.

Newcastle United Fan Perspective: Jon (@jonjsquires – Twitter)

Best Player: ASM – Gives players a lift when he comes on (see Burnley last year), always wants the ball and looks to make something happen. We’re a different team with him, seems to give players confidence in attacking areas when he’s there.

Promising Youngster: Elliot Anderson – came on against Arsenal in a couple of games last year and didn’t look out of place in our team – whether that’s because we were going through a bad patch or not is debatable. Only 18 and has time ahead of him. Looks confident on the ball and tries to beat a man, so already has a little bit of confidence in his ability. I hope he’ll get his chance this year, depends on takeover/signings/other factors but he’s worth a shot.

The player who is likely to surprise people (underrated/less known): Sticking my neck out on the line here and saying Joelinton is going to come good this season. He’s lost the number 9 shirt, which is a heavy shirt to wear at Newcastle so hopefully, that will take the pressure off him. If he plays in his favourable position then I think he could have a good run and hopefully contribute to the team more than he has done.

Thoughts on the manager: Steve Bruce has done what the board have asked him to do. The football has been poor, we’ve had a lot of luck and there doesn’t seem to be any tactics involved. He’s a poor tactical manager and a single sub from the opposition can dumbfound him. There’s no plan B in games, unless ASM is on the bench then plan B becomes bring him on and pass him the ball. He’s quick to blame players, but won’t take the blame himself and has been here for tw0 years now, without bringing an identity to the way we play. Rafa was negative to an extent but negative with a game plan. Bruce is just negative with a lot of rubbing of rabbits’ feet for luck.

Worried About/Weakness of squad: Strike force, Wilson is a fantastic striker and a great number 9, but we have nothing after that.

Midfield is very weak, we’ve needed two new CMs for a few years now. Shelvey is past it, Hayden is good but also injury prone and our backup is non-existent.

Dream Transfer: Amanda Staveley as chairwoman. It means the takeover has happened, money is being put into the club and the surrounding area, and the club is looking forwards not backwards.

Failing that, I’d take Mbappe to play in a front 3 and score goals for fun.
Realistic Transfer: Willock on loan again. He added a dimension to Newcastle’s midfield during the 2nd half of last season. Good on the ball, a good carrier of the ball, and a nice bit of pace as well. Something we’ve been lacking in midfield for a loooong time.
Player you fear leaving: ASM – he’s our best player by far. The team needs to be built around him.
League Expectation: 10th-14th – I’m not getting excited, but after surviving 2 seasons in a row, let’s push on a tiny bit and aim towards that top 10 spot.
League Prediction: 16th – Think we’ll struggle without any investment, get a few lucky breaks, and hopefully a couple of the promoted teams keep us out of the relegation zone.
Biggest Rival This Season/Love It If We Beat them: Ever since our first relegation  – Villa. Also, I enjoy beating Everton because of a certain goalkeeper…

Any Other Comments about Newcastle United: What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love. – Bobby Robson

If only the club could recapture some of that.