Episode 20: Faltering End to Season.
Newcastle United disappointingly missed out on a Champion League place finish. Despite being in the top 4 for nearly half the season, the Toon side finished in 5th place on 77 points and less goal difference than Arsenal who finished 4th.
Injuries and lack of depth in both the midfield and center back positions cost affected Newcastle dearly in the last two months of the season. The battle for the top 4 came down to the last two games against Arsenal and Leeds and Newcastle United came away with unpleasing draws in both matches.
The Gaffer feel lets down by his team as they were knocked out easily in the FA Cup and manage to not secure the top 4 in the last two months of the season. However, the Gaffer is more than proud of the lads for making it far into the Champions League semifinals. It came as a surprise to many people that Newcastle United in the CL for the first time in a long time was close to a CL final.
While missing out on returning to the CL, Newcastle did manage to secure a Europa League spot. This gives the Gaffer another chance of winning another European competition and utilizing some of his wonderkids. The Newcastle side lost to Man City in the Carabao Cup finals but, the Gaffer is not too fuzzed about it. The players did their best against a dominant side but came away with nothing.
Player performances were inconsistent throughout the season. Patson Daka bagged 46 goals in the last campaign but this season finished with a measly 23 goals. The Gaffer is unsure as to why his forwards were unable to produce the goods this season. The best players of the season went to defenders Myloka, Rice, and McNeil as they were the only solid and consistent performers.
The Gaffer expects better of his strikers and midfield as chances were squandered throughout the season. In some matches, the team was expected to win and came away with disappointing losses. Frankly, it was very frustrating to see a team that beats the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Man United comfortably, just to turn around, lose to Sheffield United and draw against Norwich and Leeds.
The Gaffer places all the blame on the board for not buying a new center-back before the winter transfer window closed. Newcastle did everything they were expected to do this season barring some issues with the board and player performances. Hopefully, in the next season, the team can acquire some silverware.
Second Half of Season Schedule
Final Premier League Table