Five things we have learned from Newcastle's start to the season

There was an opportunity for Newcastle to completely change their approach after relegation from the Premier League and they have certainly taken it. Although it was a huge disappointment to drop to the second tier, it could be seen as a blessing in disguise as they are now acting like a football club rather than a business. It was crucial that the club managed to keep Rafa Benitez and it has been the changes implemented by the Spaniard that has allowed the club to climb to the top of the Championship. Here are five things we have learned from Newcastle’s start to the season…

 

They are no longer a stepping stone club

The transfer policy at Newcastle was one of the reasons for their relegation last season. They would promise young, talented players the opportunity to move on inside 18 months if they performed well for the club. Yohan Cabaye is the most famous example of how the approach was being carried out by Newcastle. However, this led to the club signing players that weren’t committed to the cause and that was evident in several performances last season. Benitez has completely changed the way transfer targets are sourced and in an interview after the transfer window closed, the manager stated that Newcastle are not ‘a stepping stone’. It was music to every supporter’s ears.

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