The stats show that Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle in 2022
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The stats show that Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle in 2022

2022 has been an exceptional year so far for Newcastle United and Eddie Howe. At the back end of 2021, it seemed that the Magpies were in big trouble with only one win to their name.

However, they’ve picked up 22 points since the turn of the year. Only Liverpool have won more points since the start of 2022. Considering they’re chasing the Premier League title, that speaks volumes about Howe’s incredible work.

If the league had started in January then Newcastle would be in second place. Liverpool would be six points clear of the Toon on 28 points.

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Bruno Guimaraes’ last gasp goal may well have secured Premier League safety for Newcastle

The Magpies made it five home wins in a row on Sunday, beating Leicester 2-1.

Right at the death, January signing Bruno Guimaraes bagged the winning goal and his second of the game. Howe’s side had gone 1-0 down to Leicester, so it was some turnaround.

The winner will be one of the most important for the Magpies so far this season. The midfielder’s goal has likely secured the Toon’s safety in the Premier League. Howe and his side now have 37 points, a tally that looks difficult to get relegated from considering the points the teams at the bottom have.

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Sunday was far from Newcastle’s best performance, but it’s a sign of a good side. The fact they can get results even when they’re not at their best is hugely encouraging. Furthermore, it’ll give them a boost as they pursue a place in the top 10.

They’re only three points off Leicester who have a couple of games in hand. Also, they’re only three points behind Brighton in 10th place.

Regardless of whether or not they finish in the top half, Howe and his players deserve immense credit. But, a top 10 finish would be the perfect way to wrap up the season. Looking at the points of the teams around them, Newcastle still have a chance.