After thrashing Tottenham 6-1 at St James’ Park on Sunday and Everton 4-1 on Thursday, Newcastle United now lie third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of fourth-place Manchester United and eight clear of 5th-place Tottenham Hotspur sixth-place Aston Villa.
At this point, barring a remarkable collapse, it does seem like the Magpies will be playing in the premier competition of European football next season for what would be the first time since the 2002/03 campaign. In a game that was branded as the match that would decide the top four, Newcastle scored an astonishing five goals in 21 minutes, with Jacob Murphy’s expression after his second goal of the afternoon the best representation of what the feeling around the ground was like – utter disbelief.
And their current third-place position is thoroughly deserved. The simple speed of Eddie Howe’s work in getting his side into such a position already has been mind-blowing and is a testament to the fantastic work he has done at the club since his appointment in 2021.
When the takeover of the club by a Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund was completed for £305m, Champions League qualification was regarded as a goal that Newcastle would be able to achieve after a few seasons in transition. Few, if any, were expecting them to achieve it quite this soon. The fantastic performances of this Newcastle side have brought back hope to the fans that success is coming back to St James’ Park and so here, we take a look at how the exploits of Eddie Howe’s current team are mirroring the exploits of Newcastle’s last great team, and what that could lead to…