Newcastle United have enjoyed a remarkable season in the Premier League, and have taken advantage of Chelsea and Liverpool’s poor form.
Both sides were expected to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, but it now looks like neither will. Liverpool still have a chance, but need Manchester United to lose their remaining two games.
In contrast, Newcastle have secured their place in the top four with a game to spare. Eddie Howe’s side got the job done on Monday, drawing 0-0 with Leicester City to ensure that Liverpool cannot catch them anymore.
The scenes inside St James’ Park were incredible, with fans extremely excited to see European nights return to Tyneside.
With a League Cup final and a top four finish, it has been an amazing year for Newcastle United. However, next season might not go as well. The Magpies will have to deal with the rigours of competing in Europe, while teams that have struggled this season should come back stronger.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea are expected to do much better in the 2023/24 Premier League campaign. However, current Blues boss Frank Lampard is less certain.
Lampard points to Newcastle when asked about potential Chelsea resurgence
Lampard has spoke to the media ahead of Chelsea’s game against Manchester United on Thursday, and was asked whether or not he thinks Chelsea and Liverpool will ‘wake up’ next season.
“I don’t know that because the Premier League moves on very fast,” he said.
“I think that will be the test.”
“You see the emergence of Newcastle, Brighton, Aston Villa. If you switch it off, it’s not easy to switch it back on.
Newcastle will be wary of fresh challenges next season
Next season is going to be very interesting. Newcastle and Arsenal have emerged as majorly strong sides this season, while the expectation is that Chelsea and Liverpool will bounce back. Tottenham will hope to do that too, depending on who they appoint as manager. Then you have the other emerging sides in Brighton and Aston Villa.
The Premier League is stronger than ever, at a time when Newcastle are looking to solidify themselves at the top. That is going to be extremely difficult, and the Magpies will do very well to replicate this season’s success.
But Chelsea in particular have shown how easy it is to slide down the table – especially if the people at the top of the club are not making the right decisions.
Fortunately for Newcastle, the owners have got most things right since buying the club, unlike Todd Boehly at Chelsea.