Alan Shearer never dreamt Newcastle would improve so much this season
Alan Shearer never dreamt Newcastle would improve so much this season
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Alan Shearer never dreamt Newcastle would improve so much this season

The improvement at Newcastle United has been remarkable over the past year, and Alan Shearer is shocked by how well Eddie Howe has done.

His side are currently third in the Premier League, and are guaranteed to be in the top four heading into the World Cup break. It’s a stark contrast to 12 months ago, when Howe inherited a team in the relegation zone.

Even after a few months of his tenure, Newcastle still looked likely to go down. Championship football beckoned, which would have been highly embarrassing after last year’s much-publicised takeover.

But 2022 has turned out to be a magical year for the Magpies. We have gone from relegation fodder to European contenders, and the best is yet to come.

Newcastle are really turning heads this season, and Shearer has heaped praise on the man pulling the strings on the touchline.

Shearer shocked by Newcastle improvement

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Shearer addressed his former club’s sensation rise this season.

“I expected improvement this season,” Shearer said.

“But I didn’t expect it to be as great as what we’re seeing. What a job Eddie Howe is doing and has done.

“It was remarkable in the way he kept Newcastle up last year because, if you can remember in and around Christmas, I thought they were certain to be relegated.”

This season has been a dream for Toon fans

Shearer speaks for most Newcastle fans with his assessment of the Magpies. We all thought this season would better, but we never dreamt it would be this much better!

We have played 16 games in all competitions so far, and only been beaten once. That was against Liverpool – a match that ended in controversial circumstances.

Newcastle are now 10 games unbeaten, having extended their run on Wednesday night thanks to Nick Pope’s penalty heroics in the Carabao Cup.

Now Howe’s men have got one final test before the World Cup break. We welcome Chelsea to St James’ Park on Saturday, and Graham Potter’s side are bang out of form right now.

They have lost their last three domestic games, and Newcastle will likely smell blood. A win over a ‘big six’ club like Chelsea would be the perfect end to the first half of this strange season.

In the past, there’s no way Toon fans would fancy their chances going into a game against Chelsea. On the odd occasion we would be surprised.

But this season is different. Newcastle go into every game knowing they are fully prepared, and are capable of giving anyone a game.

The way Howe has improved this team is remarkable, and the best is yet to come.