FPL team guides: Newcastle United – Best players, predicted line-up + more

Our 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team profiles are rattling along at terrifying leg speeds and we’ve now reached Newcastle United.

The Eddie Howe era is all we’re focusing on here as we look at the data from when the current Newcastle boss was appointed, ahead of Gameweek 12 in 2021/22.

From our selection of the best players for the upcoming season to a predicted line-up for Gameweek 1, we’ll dissect the Magpies in detail.

You can check out our Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth analysis in our Promoted series.

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Total Rank v other Premier League clubs
Goals scored 32 13th
Shots 331 10th
Shots in the box 200 13th
Shots on target 115 10th
Big chances 37 16th
Expected goals (xG) 33.66 15th

While the above numbers don’t leap off the page, it’s worth noting that the Steve Bruce era finished with Newcastle ranked 18th for shots in the box and 19th for shots on target, xG and big chances.

Howe oversaw a modest upturn in attacking output, without it being a spectacular U-turn.

It’s fair to say that the defensive acquisitions in the winter transfer window had more of a transformative effect than the players further forward, with Chris Wood (£6.0m) a willing target-man but ultimately scoring just two goals after his arrival.

Bruno Guimaraes (£6.0m), ironically not brought in for his goalscoring, was much more of a success, finding the net on five occasions in the run-in. No-one scored as many league goals under Howe as the Brazilian, despite his mid-season arrival, which says a great deal and likely why a winger and a striker remain priority targets.


Total Rank v other Premier League clubs
Goals conceded 38 11th=
Clean sheets 8 6th=
Shots conceded 353 9th
Shots in the box conceded 237 9th=
Shots on target conceded 109 8th
Big chances conceded 60 14th
Expected goals conceded (xGC) 40.66 10th

An abject Newcastle were in the bottom two for clean sheets, goals conceded, big chances conceded and clean sheets until Howe was appointed.

The defensive improvements were slow and steady, as the struggling Magpies kept just one clean sheet in Howe’s first nine matches in charge.

Some astute January transfer window captures helped turn the ship around, with three-quarters of the backline – Dan Burn (£4.5m), Matt Targett (£5.0m) and Kieran Trippier (£5.0m) – overhauled.

To say it was only Saudi money responsible for the subsequent purple patch is unfair, however, as Howe revitalised the flagging careers of Fabian Schar (£4.5m), Emil Krafth (£4.5m) and laughing-stock-turned-valued-midfield-shield Joelinton (£6.0m).

From Gameweek 24 onwards (after the transfer window had closed), Newcastle were the Premier League’s sixth-best team in the division for minutes per xGC and goals per game conceded. Only three goals were conceded in their final seven matches at St. James’ Park, too.

That should provide encouragement for the new season, then, particularly as the backline has been further strengthened with the capture of Sven Botman (£4.5m) and Nick Pope (£5.0m).

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