Opposition View: ‘Newcastle could challenge for the title like Arsenal did last year…’

We catch up with Newcastle supporter Joel Rooney ahead of our Premier League clash

General view at the West Ham United v Manchester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th September, 2023.

Finishing in the Champions League places last season must’ve felt like a dream for Newcastle fans, what do you think was the main factor behind this success?

Joel: Obviously there’s the Saudi money behind us now but the team spirit was what really saw us finish as high as we did. Eddie Howe is a saviour that’s done wonders as well.

How do you think having Champions League football will impact your league campaign?

Joel: I think it’ll have a positive impact. We’ve been able to attract better players like Tonali. These players will help us maintain our high standing on the pitch and that will be shown on the Premier League table.

I know it’s still early days, but who out of Newcastle’s new signings has impressed you the most?

Joel: Definitely Tonali, I think he has slotted in well to our midfield and is definitely a high quality addition into our team. His past speaks for itself. He also has the ability to drive forward and carry the ball up the pitch which is what we’ve been shouting out for.  

Newcastle have spent over 100 million this summer window, are you happy with the signings?

Joel: Yes, buzzing with it. So happy with the signings and I think we could genuinely challenge for the title like Arsenal did last year but I’m not going to get ahead of myself. Who knows what will happen.

So what are your hopes for this season?

Joel: I’d like to potentially win a domestic trophy and secure Champions League again through the league and go for a dream European run just like you boys did.

Eddie Howe; What are your thoughts on him?

Joel: He’s a genius that’s managed to get the best out of our players and players we couldn’t get a tune out of under Bruce like Almiron and Joelinton. 

Do you think Eddie Howe is now out of his depth as you have now reached the next level playing in the most elite competition?

Joel: Not at all. When he was at Bournemouth, he showed he was able to step up levels like he did with them taking them up from League Two to a solid Premier League club and he’ll do the same here. I think with the backing of the owners, people seem to not give credit to Howe but he is really a great manager that is very much under appreciated by people who don’t support the club.

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