Five things we learned from Newcastle's friendly win against 1860 Munich


Five things we learned from Newcastle's friendly win against 1860 Munich

Newcastle United have kicked off their pre-season trip to Austria with a friendly win over 1860 Munich.

After a limp first half, the Magpies came to life in the second 45 and put the German side to the sword. Goals from Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff and Bruno Guimaraes gave Eddie Howe’s side a 3-0 victory.

Newcastle played very well in the second half, which will have delighted the Toon manager.

He got to see a lot of his players in action, and here are five things we learned from Newcastle’s win against 1860 Munich

Jonjo Shelvey looking lean

Jonjo Shelvey started in central midfield against 1860 Munich, and was probably our best player in the first half. His passing range was as good as ever, while he also played a pivotal role in the opening goal of the game.

His run beyond the defence allowed Newcastle to take the lead, and set us on our way to a comfortable victory.

The 30-year-old is looking incredibly lean, and showed brilliant energy in the friendly. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

Howe’s half time decision

While Newcastle ended the game with a completely different team to the one that started, Howe only made one change at half time.

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Jamaal Lascelles came off, and was surprisingly replaced by Sven Botman, who looked as ‘lean as a cat’ according to the commentator…whatever that means.

The summer signing started the second half as the right-sided centre-back, playing alongside Dan Burn.

This proved that Howe is happy to play Botman on either side, amid early thoughts that he would play exclusively on the left.

Botman on the ball

Speaking of Botman, he really showed his quality in possession. The Dutchman is a wonderful passer of the ball. In fact, it was his forward pass that eventually led to Willock scoring the opening goal.

Botman moves it quickly and precisely, and he will be a great asset to both our defence and attack.

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Goals from midfield

All three of Newcastle’s goals came from midfield. Howe’s central trio all made efforts to get into the box, and were rewarded.

That’s excellent to see, as in the past we have been accused of not getting enough men in the area. Hopefully goals from midfield is a theme that continues into the new season.

More disappointingly, Callum Wilson didn’t get a sniff of goal. Chris Wood did, however, but used his chance to tee up Bruno.

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New shirt number for Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier came on for Newcastle in the second half boasting a new shirt number.

He was 15 last season, but now appears to be the Magpies’ number two. This comes after the previous owner of the shirt Ciaran Clark moved to Sheffield United.

The number two is a proper right-back number, so it’s a good fit for Tripps.

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