'I'd love to say': Alan Shearer predicts where Newcastle will finish in the Premier League this season
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'I'd love to say': Alan Shearer predicts where Newcastle will finish in the Premier League this season

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has given his Premier League prediction for the Magpies this coming season.

The Newcastle owners and manager Eddie Howe are about to embark on their first full campaign at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United are virtually unrecognisable from this time last year.

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The new owners came in, they brought in a new manager, they backed him in the transfer market, and now they’re looking ahead to another campaign in the top flight.

Howe didn’t take long to turn a dismal Magpies outfit into a side clearly fit for the Premier League.

Newcastle finished 11th in the table last season, just three points off eighth place.

Over the summer, the Magpies have made several shrewd signings.

Matt Targett’s loan from Aston Villa was made permanent, and Sven Botman and Nick Pope also joined.

“Realistic with the squad they’ve got at the moment”

Shearer, writing on BBC Sport, feels there’s still work to be done, and reckons they’ll finish seventh, eighth or ninth.

“I’d love to say I think Newcastle will be fighting it out with Manchester United for a place in the top six, but I don’t quite see that happening yet,” wrote the Toon legend.

“Eddie Howe has already done a great job to turn the club around since he was appointed as manager in November.

“And now my hope is that they will be challenging for seventh, eighth or ninth place, which I think is realistic with the squad they’ve got at the moment.

“They finished 11th last time, and were only three points off eighth place.”

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“Some more attacking options”

Shearer also urged Newcastle to make one or two more signings before the transfer window shuts.

“Another signing or two could make the difference there, especially up front,” he continued.

“Chris Wood arrived from Burnley in January but so far he is the only striker Howe has signed.

“With Callum Wilson’s history, you would think at some stage he is going to get another injury and they will need some more attacking options.

“Whether they go for a striker or a different type of forward player – there have been reports about bids for Leicester’s James Maddison and Harvey Barnes – it is definitely in that department that they need to strengthen.”

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