Newcastle United look on course for a mid-table finish this season in the Premier League, which should be the minimal expectation for the club and the squad of players at St James’ Park.
The Magpies made a few decent signings back in the summer that have helped their season, with the addition of centre-forward Callum Wilson from Bournemouth the obvious standout.
But the Newcastle fanbase are highly ambitious and want to see their team fighting in the top half of the table.
It feels like there are still disgruntled supporters on a weekly basis that can’t buy into the philosophy of their manager Steve Bruce and they are desperate for a more attack-minded brand of football.
Newcastle have always had flair players in their team over the years and Allan Saint-Maximin is perhaps the one exception in the current group who does possess that skill to get fans excited.
But it looks like they missed out big time on Eberechi Eze, who is a player they were linked with in the summer.
Eze, who joined Crystal Palace in a £19.5million deal (BBC) from QPR, was linked with a host of clubs before the start of the season and his eventual move to Selhurst Park.
The Guardian credited Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa and West Brom all with interest in the attaching midfielder.
Aged 22, Eze was extremely highly-rated by top-flight clubs after a brilliant individual season last year at QPR in the Championship.
The English playmaker has settled extremely quickly at Palace during his first year in the Premier League, becoming a regular starter in their XI and providing a few pieces of mesmerising skill each game.
His end product is going to improve over time after one goal and two assists so far this season, but he’s a really young talent that is now thriving at the top level and his potential seems huge.
Eze has the qualities to play as a left-winger or in more central attacking positions.
He could’ve been an individual to help light up the offensive play in the Newcastle team, but it won’t be surprised to see him move for huge, huge money in a couple of years if he continues improving at the same rate.