Sitting at 41 points now, Newcastle United are justified in assuming their safety. No team since West Ham United in the 2002-2003 season (42) have been relegated with 40 or more points collected. Newcastle is 13 points ahead of 18th-placed Southampton with 5 more games left to play. If Newcastle gets relegated, I will ask New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton to please swing a baseball bat very hard at my stomach on purpose and I don’t even get an autograph. That’s how confident I am that we will stay up.
The boys have beaten Arsenal for the first time since November 7th, 2010 when Andy Carroll scored the lone goal at the Emirates. United have come a long way since then, an upgrade from Mike Williamson to Jamaal Lascelles being one of the differences. After undergoing significant managerial turnover and then suffering relegation in 2016, the club looks to have a solid foundation (excluding the seemingly inevitable change of ownership) for the years to come.
The way Newcastle is playing right now, they can compete with anyone in the Premier League. A high finish in the table will boost the club’s value and we can hope for a hefty transfer budget when Mike Ashley finally sells to new owners. Rafa Benitez has been rumored with a departure, and so has his skipper Lascelles, but it is no use worrying when we can’t be sure of anything. Let’s enjoy this run of form and get excited about the future because Rafa Benitez is still the boss and Jamaal is still the captain on Tyneside. There isn’t a glaring reason for them to leave, and they are heroes to the Geordies.
With no injuries and a lot of inspiration, Newcastle are in position to finish in the top half of the Premier League, against all odds.
Here are 3 things we can enjoy next season in the Premier League:
1. Matt Ritchie destroying the corner flag after scoring.
2. Jonjo Shelvey playing long passes
Every time he has some space in front of him and a couple of seconds to look around, I get excited because he has the ability to create a goal-scoring opportunity with a long ball even from behind midfield.